In March of 2020, during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, the staff of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte (UUCC) made the decision to close the building at 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd. (234) and work from our own homes just through the end of the month . . . we thought. We dipped our toes into meeting on Zoom and struggled with what programming and Sunday services would look like for the couple of weeks we knew we wouldn’t be able to be together in person. The end of March came, the pandemic was worsening, and the decision was made that it was safer to keep 234 closed and continue working from our homes.

That was over a year ago. “A couple of weeks” turned into “a few months” and then into “we just don’t know when.” During that time, your UUCC staff has continued to meet weekly over Zoom, maintaining our smaller community as a team of coworkers while focusing our attention on holding close the larger community of UUCC members and friends. We doubled our efforts to learn how to offer dynamic and engaging opportunities virtually to people who were, like us, sheltering in place and missing the community we’d found at 234. We have been gratified to be able to provide ways to connect for UUCC members and visitors from preschoolers to adults. Recently, with the availability of Covid-19 vaccines and loosening restrictions from the Centers for Disease Control and the state of North Carolina, we began talking about returning as a staff to work at 234 in person.

We are pleased to announce that since Monday, May 17, UUCC staff are be back in the building, Monday through Friday. Although, things will look a little different . . .

Here is what you need to know:

  • Appointments are required for entrance to the building. To meet with a UUCC staff member, please contact them directly and arrange a time to meet. No one will be allowed entry to 234 without an appointment. The office at 234 is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Staff contact information can be found here.
  • A mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin must be worn at all times inside the building.
  • When in the building or on the grounds at 234, always maintain a safe social distance from others.
  • Please do not come to 234 if you are unwell.
  • Eating and drinking are not permitted in the building.

Additionally, beginning immediately, we will be taking reservations for small groups (15 people maximum) to meet in Freeman Hall. You can read more about that here. We are also looking forward, as you may have read in this article in our May 6 issue of Currents, to continuing to expand in-person offerings and to holding services in our sanctuary, possibly as soon as September 12. Stay tuned!

We’re excited to see you at 234! We want to keep you and ourselves safe and well too, though, so please make an appointment and wear your mask if you come.