Last updated:  MAY 2023 by the USNF Covid Response Team.

As of May 7, 2023, wearing masks during services and at activities and events is optional.  There will also be a clearly marked section of the sanctuary where mask-wearing is still required.  Our Covid Response Team will continue to monitor local conditions and CDC guidance and will make adjustments as they seem appropriate and consisent with our Guiding Principles.

Guiding Principles

  • Remaining an inclusive and welcoming multigenerational community  

  • Showing care and compassion

  • Asking for trust that we are working towards decisions based on the best guidance we have at the moment=Being transparent when we don't have answers; seeking patience in response

  • Ongoing assessment of community risk data and commitment to adapt our plan as risk increases or decreases.

  • Trying to protect the health and safety of all based on current medical and scientific research, guidance from the CDC, the state of Massachusetts and our unique culture as a faith community. 

  • Engaging in practices that protect the most vulnerable, given that some of us are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

  • Protecting access for all: This means while we introduce in-person gatherings thoughtfully, we also create avenues of engagement online for those who cannot be present in person.