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Phased Re-Opening Plan

The Community Transformation Team is currently working on a comprehensive phased opening policy taking into account the guidelines and rules of the Center for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Village of Oak Park. Here is where we are now.

Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the reopening plan, with the goal of moving to a Bridge Phase on May 14th, then to Phase 5 by June 11th, 2021. The Village of Oak Park Phase 4 Mitigation Order can be found here.

In addition to conducting outreach to the UUA and different area religious denominations to learn from the reopening efforts they are taking, we are analyzing our past and projected building use to consider what safety precautions can and must be put into place to safely re-open.

The Community Transformation Team will continue to keep everyone updated in regards to the decisions made and the guidelines that we as a congregation will need to follow within our unique building settings. Questions and comments can be directed to ctt@unitytemple.org.

Community Transformation Team Guiding Principles

The CTT adopted Guiding Principles which were shared with the Board of Trustees at their April meeting.​ Core values/principles for the Unity Temple Staff and Congregation in Re-opening Plans are as follows:

  •  Guidance by science (CDC)
  •  Start small (and simple)
  •  Safety as highest priority
  •  Connection (to one another/community across multi-platforms)
  •  Full inclusion (or as full as possible)
  •  Clear and frequent communication
  •  Collective care versus individual
  •  Accessibility
  •  Assume trauma (awareness around the past year and its impacts on each other)
Community Transformation Team (CTT)

Our Community Transformation team consists of members and staff, representing the Board of Trustees, RE Committee, Music, Membership, Finance, Worship, Welcoming All, the Executive Team and our partner organizations. In addition, these members also represent numerous professions: a doctor, a public health professional, a teacher, a principal, a mental health professional and attorneys.