In November 2020 an addendum to the Reimagining Life Together document was issued, which allows for geographic contextualization of the guidelines for gatherings in our local churches during the pandemic. Across the large area of our episcopal area, there are many differences in risk level for COVID-19.
Level 2.1 allows gatherings of up to 25 people if the county in which the church is located is in a "slow growth" risk level or "on track to control the virus" risk level according to the parameters at CovidActNow - a nation-wide compiler of data which provides a consistent measuring stick across our whole area.
In addition to your county being at an acceptable level of risk, you must already have an approved Phase 2 plan and submit a 2.1 proposal to DS Wendy Woodworth at email@example.com for approval of this stage.
Not many counties in our district qualified for this last November, but with the availability of vaccines this winter, the risk in some of our counties has been going down. And then, as restrictions have eased, those risk levels have also been going back up.
Several Cascadia District congregations have submitted plans and been approved to operate under Phase 2.1 of the Reimagine Life Together Plan. But you need to remember that even if you are approved for 2.1 you are only allowed to have up to 25 people gather in person when your county is in the lower risk categories. If your county moves back into a higher risk level, you must return to having a maximum of 10 people at in-person gatherings.
How do you track this?
- Every Monday you should check your county's risk level at CovidActNow.org Enter your county and state in the search box and you'll be taken to a page specific to your county.
- If your county's risk level is green or yellow, you may proceed with gatherings of up to 25 people. If your county's risk level is orange or yellow you must go back to gatherings of 10 or less by the following Sunday.
We use the CovidActNow.org ratings rather than the individual state ratings so that the measuring stick is the same across our entire episcopal area, which is made up of four states.
See the full Phase 2.1 Addendum document by clicking here. It will give you details on tracking your status and describe what can and cannot be done under Phase 2.1.
In addition, a new document was recently released with guidelines for gatherings for more people (outside), for singing (outside) and for multiple events in a day (inside). You can see that guidance by clicking here.
Greater NW Area Bishop Elaine Stanovsky works with the GNW Covid-19 Response Team to establish and update guidelines for our churches to gather and minister safely during the pandemic. The team includes people from across the episcopal area of Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho who are knowledgeable not only in the life of the church but also in the areas of public health and data interpretation.
Annual Conference Session 2021
Find all the information as it is available at www.umoi.org/ac
- May 28 - Deadline for all clergy and lay members to register for the online AC Session. Registration is open now!! Click here to go to the registration form. Visitors do not need to register.
- June 2 - Cascadia District Gathering. We are gathering virtually again this year to celebrate our district connections and review the year. For more information and to register (free!) click here.
- June 8 - Clergy Session - details yet to come
- June 9 - GNW Area Laity Session. Get more information at
- June 14 - Oregon-Idaho Lay Leader Election. Get more information at https://www.umoi.org/aclaity
- June 20 - GNW Shared AC Opening Session 6:30 – 8 p.m.
- June 21 - Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Session 1-3:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 8 p.m.
- June 23 - GNW Shared AC Closing Session 6:30 – 8 p.m.