As we live into new ways of being the Church during this pandemic, look to this page for resources, updates, and news as it relates to our conference churches and the United Church of Christ.
United Church of Christ Office: Coronavirus and the Church
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can be transmitted from person to person. It is caused by a virus that can also live on surfaces near where an infected person has coughed, sneezed or exhaled. It has spread throughout the world in the first quarter of 2020, causing illness, and, in some cases, death. Its effects in various countries and localities have ranged from cancellations of public gatherings, to limits or bans on travel, to drops in financial markets.
Like other organizations, churches must take appropriate health precautions. We also have a special responsibility to care for members and neighbors. This web page contains information that all settings of the United Church of Christ – local churches, associations, conferences and national ministries – have contributed to and may find useful. Resources also come from our ecumenical partners and respected health organizations.
City of Chicago: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The City of Chicago is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 crisis. As this situation develops, we will continue to offer resources and support to people across the city. This website provides the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19.
- Older Adults and Other People at Higher Risk
- Homeless Shelters
- COVID-19 Screening Tool
- Food Service
- Pregnant Women and Children
- Childcare Programs – New!
- Schools and Institutions of Higher Education
- Faith-based Organizations
- First Responders
- Funeral Homes – New!
- Get the Facts: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (English, Spanish)
- What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms (English, Spanish, Po
- What to do if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- What to do if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
- What to do if you don’t have health insurance
- Tips on Managing Anxiety about COVID-19
- Guidance for Parents in Talking to Children about COVID-19 – New!
Advocate Aurora Health information page:
Advocate Faith and The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation:
Faith in Place:
Resource for individuals and Houses of Worship
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ (E-Blast Communication):
COVID-19 Protocols for all Illinois Conference Employees
RECOMMENDATION TO SUSPEND ALL IN PERSON WORSHIP & GATHERINGS IMMEDIATELY
Illinois Department of Public Health
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Illinois Test Results (Updates)
Insurance Boards Partners in Protection:
Safety Central – Insurance Board Loss Control Department
United Church of Christ Mental Health Network:
Overcoming Isolation (newsletter)
UCC Wider Church Ministries – Humanitarian Development Team
COVID-19 Daily Briefing from Disaster Ministries
World Health Organization(WHO):
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
Pandemic Preparations: Inquiring Minds Want to Know (SNEUCC Disaster Resource and Response Team)
Bookmark these resources for developing information:
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
FEMA, general disaster guidance for Houses of Worship
Illinois Commission is the state’s lead agency under the Illinois Emergency Operations Plan (IEOP)