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Welcome to uufc.org, the online home of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson (UUFC).

 

If you're searching for a progressive spiritual community that celebrates a tolerant and thoughtful search for spiritual meaning, we hope you will find a home with us.

 

At UUFC you will discover a diverse and lively community of seekers and skeptics that will welcome you just as you are. We are an open, welcoming and caring community.

 

Whatever your age, gender, social background, orientation, or ethnic origin, you are welcome here.

Covenant, Mission and

Vision Statements

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Sunday, September 19

"Can We Talk About Race"

Worship Leader: Brian Cromer

Worship Associate: Rev. Christina Branum-Martin

Due to technical difficulties on September 12,

we will broadcast this service

on Sunday, September 19.

The service is posted at 

www.youtube.com/user/UUFComm 

Explore, Ask Questions, Join In!

The members and friends of UUFC look forward to getting to know you. Here are a few ways to explore our welcoming community!

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Site Map

List of Everything on the Website

 

Weekly Connection Newsletter
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Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Service Topics

Map and Contact Info
 

Upcoming Events

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Monthly Benevolence

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Board of Trustees September Meeting
Date: Sunday 19 September 2021
Agenda: Click here for the pdf
Online Zoom/Google Gatherings

 

Thursdays

Bingo at 6:30pm

Sundays

Social Time Chat at 11:30am

1st and 3rd Mondays

Meditation with Jeanne at 8:00pm

The links are published in UUFC's newsletter, The Weekly Connection. Please email admin@uufc.org to subscribe!

UUFC's In the News

To see which UUFC members have been making or in the news click on the link here

VESPERS

DATE: Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

In person at UUFC

 

As part of our Phase 2 reopening, vespers as an in-person worship service will be short and simple. This is an opportunity to share joys and concerns with one another, to affirm our sense of community, and have a short homily. Masking is required, and seating is arranged for individuals to sit in small groups with family members. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

UUFC Novel Circle

DATE: First Wednesday of Each Month at 7:30pm. 

For the October 6th Meeting:

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

All members and friends of UUFC who enjoy reading novels and discussing their relevance to our lives are invited to participate in our Novel Circle. Please contact the Office at admin@uufc.org for more information and the Zoom link.

A Course in Miracles

DATE: Sunday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 PM

A Course in Miracles will be offered via Zoom on Sunday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 PM, beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021.  Rosellen Aleguire will be facilitating the course and can be reached for more information. 

 

Registration is open! Please click HERE to learn more about the Course and to register. 

 

 

 

If you test positive for COVID-19, or become aware of another individual at UUFC who tests positive for COVID-19, please refer to the Pandemic Exposure Procedures. 

At the behest of the Board, the Council of Committees took over the work of the Re-Entry Task Force to establish policies and guidelines for a safe and responsible return to our physical facilities during the novel coronavirus pandemic. A significant number of our members, friends, staff and their households are in one or more high risks groups. Our faith tradition calls us to make the safety of all of these individuals our highest priority. That same tradition also calls us to respect the guidance of science when making decisions concerning reopening our facilities. 

 

Policy for Returning to Church

Phase Two may be entered after a 30-day period of average declining in cases in all relevant counties and Clemson University. Looking at the weekly average takes into account the varying reporting intervals of new cases in each county.
If you test positive for COVID-19, or become aware of another individual at UUFC who tests positive for COVID-19, please refer to the Pandemic Exposure Procedures. 

Recommendations:

  • Distancing: Phase 2 will include allowing gatherings of people indoors in rooms that allow for 3 feet physical distancing requirements. 

  • Masking: UUFC recognizes the updated CDC guidelines as of May, 2021 that allow for indoor and outdoor gatherings of vaccinated persons without masking.  UUFC will continue to have large groups mask and follow physical distancing till all persons (of all ages) have vaccines available to them.  If small groups of fully vaccinated persons choose to meet indoors or outdoors, they can make a collective decision at that time about masking.  

  • Scheduling: Scheduling of indoor groups will be made with 1-hour windows to allow for HVAC filtration to occur. 

  • Small Groups:

    • In-person groups can be held in rooms that allow for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above.

  • Worship: 

    • Online worship will continue.

    • In Person worship:

      • Small in-person worship services can be held in rooms that allow for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above. 

      • The offering is collected at the beginning of service while entering, or at the end while leaving. Volunteers and staff should pay attention to hand cleaning before and after handling the offering. Electronic contributions for offering are recommended. 

      • Seating should be physically distanced at least 3-ft apart with exceptions for family and household groups.

  • Coffee Hour: 

    • Remains available in an online format

    • Small groups are allowed to provide food and drink while physically distancing outside.

    • Refreshments are individually provided.

  • Rites of Passage: 

    • Continue to be allowed as virtual or In a room that allows for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above. The Social Room may be opened as an alternative viewing area. 

    • Any food or beverages served must be in pre-packaged, single use servings.

    • Food and beverages to be served outside where masks can be removed.

  • Religious Education: Adult Faith Formation and Children and Youth Religious Exploration remain limited until children of all ages have vaccines available.

    • Adult Faith Exploration 

      • Covenant groups may meet in person in rooms that allow for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above. Where possible, options for virtual attendance will be offered.

      • Classes and workshops may meet in person if enrollment numbers can be accommodated with the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above. Virtual attendance options will be available for all collaborations between congregations and for UUFC specific events where possible.

    •   Children’ and Youth Religious Exploration

      • When in-person worship resumes on Sunday mornings, multi-age classes will be limited to small groups with 3 feet social distancing encouraged for indoor and outdoor events

      • Nursery will remain closed. 

      • Masks will be worn by all volunteers and children over the age of two.

 

 

  • Staff, Maintenance and Other Volunteers: Staff or volunteers entering either the Main Building or Founders House are asked to follow distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations above. 

  • Staff, Committee and Administrative Meetings: May occur for groups that allow for recommendations above for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations  No more than one group can occupy the building at a time, with a period of at least 1 hours between groups.

  • Fundraisers: Will remain online.

  • Renters and non-UUFC affiliated groups may be allowed back in the building if they are able to allow for recommendations above for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations .

  • Pastoral Care: Pastoral care is as determined by the minister and will take into the above recommendations and monitoring of high risk situations. 

  • Office Operations: Regular office functions may resume with recommendations above for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations.

 

Off-Campus Activities: Should occur online or in groups that allow for recommendations above for the distancing, masking and scheduling recommendations.

Criteria for Reopening
Any transition to reopening, or any transition from one phase to another of reopening, must be informed by the relevant data regarding COVID-19 cases in the area (specifically, Anderson,Oconee, Pickens and Greenville counties in SC, and Hart county in GA), with a minimum of 14 days of a downward trend in new cases........ Click Here to open and read  the full pdf version...

 

The current UUFC Pandemic Exposure Procedures can be view and read by  clicking here.

Enrollment Now Open

New Online Covenant Groups

Interested in joining an online covenant group?

The Rev. Christina Branum-Martin will facilitate

up to two new online groups (unfortunately,

COVID-19 does not yet permit in-person

meetings) beginning this fall. Covenant groups are a great way to get to know other members and friends better, and, of course, to get to know our new interim minister! If you would like to participate, please fill out the online form here. For more information, contact Karen Hiebel, dlff@uufc.org

Monthly meal at Our Daily Rest

UUFC is providing a monthly meal at Our Daily Rest, the homeless shelter in Seneca.  If you are interested in contributing, please contact Janie Shipley at ourdailyrest@uufc.org for information on the menu, the schedule, updates on COVID protocol, etc.   Aside from the meal, they have some basic needs such as cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, paper towels, coffee/creamer/hot chocolate.  If you are able to contribute such supplies you may deliver them to Our Daily Rest at 525 East Main St, Seneca or contact ourdailyrest@uufc.org

BINGO (online)

DATE: Thursdays at 6:30 pm

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Join us every Thursday! Email our administrator, Becky (admin@uufc.org), for a bingo card. Email Karen (hospitalitygroup@uufc.org) with any questions.

Meditation with Jeanne (online)

DATE: 1st and 3rd Monday of Each Month at 8:00pm

https://zoom.us/j/93062798006

 

Jeanne Malmgren will lead an online evening meditation on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. All are welcome to attend.

 

Current COVID-19 Response Status:  Phase 2