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 . . .