UUS Meeting Virtually Due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the UUS building is closed and we are currently holding all services and most meetings online.

We are currently in Phase 1 of our Reopening Plan. The UUS building is closed to all besides staff and essential volunteers. The labyrinth and trails are open for visitors in the same household/pandemic pod. Everyone over 5 years of age is required to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and keep at least 6 feet away from others who aren’t in their household/pod. Group meetings on the grounds are not allowed in Phase 1.

Contact a staff member if you have a necessary task inside the building. Incidental access to the building (such as using the bathroom or for other unessential purposes) is discouraged as much as possible and requires following all safety protocols and signing in and out. Masks, good hand-hygiene practices, and social distancing are required along with the other guidelinesĀ attached here for Phase 1 and for the full reopening plan.

As a reminder, If you are meeting offsite as part of a UUS group, you need to follow all the guidelines for the current phase.

UUS Reopening Plan

  • (Currently In) Phase One: The building is closed and all services and meetings are held virtually. We can move out of Phase One after the Johnson County COVID positivity rate is 10% or lower for a 14-day rolling average based on data from iowacovid19tracker.org.
  • Phase Two: Small group outdoor meetings of seven persons or less are allowed on UUS grounds. We can move out of Phase Two when the county positivity rate is 8% or less for a 14-day rolling average based on data from iowacovid19tracker.org. (If the rolling average is 1% above the current phase for more than 7 days or if there is a bad outbreak, then UUS may go back to the previous phase.)
  • Phase Three: Small group gatherings of 12 persons or less are allowed outdoors and indoors. We can move out of Phase Three when the county positivity rate reaches 5% or lower for a 14-day rolling average, based on data from iowacovid19tracker.org. (If the rolling average is 1% above the current phase for more than 7 days or if there is a bad outbreak, then UUS may go back to the previous phase.)
  • Phase Four: Services, funerals, and gatherings of up to 50 persons will be allowed outdoors and indoors. We can move out of Phase Four when there are no new COVID cases for at least 30 days.
  • Phase Five: A complete re-opening of UUS.

Our primary concern is keeping everyone who attends UUS safe. The Board of Trustees has voted to have the minister and staff operationalize the rules for how each phase is put into practice, and provided them with recommendations on these practices. These will be communicated to the congregation through all regular channels and posted to this page. The unpredictability of the COVID pandemic means UUS may have to reverse which phase we are in as the positivity rates go up and down.

Online services & meetings

Virtual services are being conducted via Zoom each Sunday at 10 a.m. Meetings open at 9:45.

Many groups and activities are also meeting virtually. Contact our Director of Congregational Life (dcl@uusic.org) or the group leader for more information about online meetings of particular groups.

Zoom guidelines

Learn more about using Zoom and find tips for joining us on Sundays.

Building Access

The building will be locked to the public during Phases One through Four and staff will not be available for in-person support. You can reach the office during the closure by emailing admin@uusic.org or by calling the office (319-337-3443) and leaving a message. All staff may be slower to respond to messages and requests during the closure; your patience is appreciated.

Group leaders can contact staff for help setting up virtual meetings using one of the UUS Zoom accounts, or may schedule their own meetings directly, following the guidelines of the current Phase. Any groups canceling or rescheduling events should let the office know (admin@uusic.org) so that the calendar and communications can be updated.

Online Giving

UUS Communications Regarding Coronavirus