September 10, 2020
Message from the Calvary Reopening Task Force
At the direction of the Session, the Reopening Task Force has been hard at work over the past few weeks, driving forward on multiple fronts to assess our reopening opportunities.
We are leveraging best practices and learnings from other faith organizations – including local synagogues that are planning the High Holy Days right now. We are also staying in touch with City officials and local faith leaders through the weekly Faith Based Roundtable that was initiated from Interfaith Council discussions.
We are preparing a survey for the congregation to better understand your perspectives on reopening and your current needs during the pandemic. We anticipate launching the survey in September. We will follow up with a Town Hall meeting in October to discuss our reopening plans and get further input from the congregation.
With San Francisco’s current classification in the state’s Red Tier, San Francisco is beginning to allow additional activities for Houses of Worship. We are subject to the state’s guidelines with San Francisco’s more stringent guidelines layered on top.
We are thinking of re-opening as a continuum, not an event. As smaller indoor gatherings are allowed, how can we take advantage of that opportunity? Can we leverage the opportunity to meet outdoors in smaller groups right now? How can we continue to leverage and expand our opportunities to connect online or via phone?
We miss being with you! Until we can open our doors for gathering again, we hope you are being nourished by our meaningful online worship services and engagement opportunities. We welcome your input over the next months through the survey, the Town Hall meeting and direct outreach to Session and staff members.