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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, the Village of Oak Park and the congregation’s guiding principles. Illinois is currently in Phase 5. The CTT has completed version 1.0 of the Phased Re-Opening Plan for in-person events at Unity Temple which can be found here. Guidelines for Gale House and the Community Center are coming soon. The CTT continues to meet regularly, and will be updating the guidelines as recommendations change.

In addition to conducting outreach to the UUA and different local 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

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.