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GRANTS FOR CHURCHES Thanks to the tremendous support for the Emergency Response Fund, the Conference can now offer ministry grants to congregations financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. For more information and to apply for a grant, click here.
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Dear friends in Christ,
I write with prayers for you and encouragement for your congregation. Here are a few important updates.
First, in accordance with the Governor’s continuation of the “safer at home” order, we urge all congregations to continue the social distancing practices in place. Please don’t resume in-person meetings or worship. In many cases, worship recording is taking place in the sanctuary with a very minimal amount of people. The clause allowing gatherings of under 10 people for funeral and other “religious activity” allows for that, but we strongly recommend that you not ease these practices until the Governor begins to engage the Badger Bounce Back Plan. Please note the cautions and recommendations set forth, and the chart at the end that begins to give us a sense of how and when we will gradually emerge from home isolation. Here is further guidance from our denominational partners and the great leadership of the Wisconsin Council of Churches in Returning to Church.
Read entire update and access resources here.
Read past Conference Minister Updates at the bottom of this page.
Governor’s Badger Bounce Back Plan
The Wisconsin Council of Churches resources
Guidance for Phasing Forward to In-Person Gatherings
From the Southern New England Conference UCC, here is guidance to phasing into in-person gatherings
General Coronavirus Information
United Church of Christ Coronavirus and the Church web resources
April 8, 2020 – Wisconsin faith leaders sign letter of concern in response to suggestions of government leaders that the Safer At Home order be lifted on the occasion of upcoming holy days. Signers urge churches not to congregate at this time, for the health and safety of all. Read letter.
Conference Minister Coronavirus Updates:
Wisconsin Council of Churches web resources