Health & Safety Resources
HCUCC COVID-19 Pandemic Recommendations
Offered by the Hawai‘i Conference office, these resources are designed to be a starting point for meaningful conversation among your local church leaders as you revisit your own protocols and policies for in-person gatherings.
How to protect yourself and others (CDC guidelines)
COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what is known about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. But as more is being learned about how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19, even fully vaccinated individuals should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
Are you confused as to when one needs to get tested, isolate, or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure? Refer to this simple flowchart for the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Self-care for church leaders
(A letter to Friends in Ministry)
"I write to you today as a Sibling who is scared-to-death not only about the pandemic that is ripping our lives, our congregations, and our world apart but also about what could come next for myself and my friends in ministry. I am not an authority on infectious diseases nor on COVID-19, but over the last decade I have invested thousands and thousands of hours in studying clergy burnout and clergy theologies of work, and I can speak on that." Read more
Compassion Fatigue occurs during a time of intense prolonged crisis in which the "caregiver" does not have enough time and resources to recharge their ability to be compassionate toward others. Here are items to be aware of around this issue.
Almost a year of uncertainty. The pandemic is taking an emotional toll on mental health and ministers are not immune.
UCC Thursdays for the Soul webinar
from other organizations
Resources from the UCC
Church Law & Tax
The Latest News and Advice for the Church during the pandemic... resources designed to help churches assess the legal, tax, financial, and risk management considerations of this rapidly changing situation—and then make sound decisions.
Church management, People Safety and Liability; safety tips and resources to help your church stay informed about COVID-19
The impacts of COVID-19 and what nonprofits can do
Add your phone to the fight against COVID-19.
Learn more and download the free, new app: AlohaSafe Alert, which helps slow the spread of COVID-19. It is the State of Hawaii’s official exposure notification app and has been developed in partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Health.
Physical, sexual, and emotional violence in the home or in relationships can worsen during times of isolation and stress.
If you or someone you know are in danger from a partner, family member, or someone you live with, the following community organizations provide support:
Domestic Violence Action Center
Women Helping Women (Maui)
1-808-579-9581 (24-Hour Hotline)
Child & Family Service Hawai‘i
1-808-959-8864 (East Hawai‘i Island)
1-808-322-7233 (West Hawai‘i Island)
1-808-245-6362 (Kaua‘i YWCA)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
OTHER SAFETY RESOURCES
Preparing for the Possibility of Violence
From McDonald Hopkins, law firm
From McDonald Hopkins, law firm
Pastors and congregations can help by being especially alert, according to UCC staff specialists. Tips on what to watch for and what to do were shared by national UCC staff members in recent interactive conversations with local church leaders.
Intimate Partner Violence
Understanding Victims in the Faith-Based Community
Kelly Musselman from Hawai‘i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence shared with church leaders and clergy about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and ways to support victims of IPV. View the slides from this presentation.
Each year about 10 million people become victims of domestic violence. And unfortunately in the past few years, the pandemic has added further strain to those in abusive situations. For those on the road to recovery, one of the most difficult challenges in finding independence from an abusive situation is solving for housing safety and securing transportation when leaving an abuser. With all of this in mind, Bankrate created this helpful guide which includes:
Actionable steps for creating a plan to leave
Financial and housing resources for different stages
Free or low cost transportation options for leaving
Legal resources to help you know your rights