Monthly messages and special updates from your Board of Directors.


In our last message to the congregation about reopening, the Board let you know that we would not reopen before October 4 at the earliest, and that we would update you in September. Well, it’s September, and the Board has decided that we will not be reopening for in-person Sunday services before January at the earliest. In addition to the potential risks, the elevator construction is making it impossible to meet in the building.
We recognize that this creates a continuing sense of loss of our familiar ways of gathering in community. We miss one another’s presence, and faces, and perhaps especially, singing together.
To address this,we are forming a team to work on how to reopen, when to reopen, and what we can do to maintain our sense of community while we wait for the right conditions. We heartily welcome your participation on this team, especially if you have an interest in finding alternative ways to meet, or have ideas about how to share music. Please contact Heather-Lynn if you’d like to help with this.
We expect over the fall to be imagining new features within our online Zoom meetings that allow for more participation, but which may require more technology. Anyone with an interest in exploring tech options or providing tech support (recording/editing/videography/etc) is encouraged to contact Ben Robins or Rev. Julie. 

When will we re-open?

The UFP Board has decided that we will not return to in-person services and meetings until at least October 4. UFP’s committees and groups should continue to meet on-line as well. A memorial service may be allowed if we are able to meet the safety protocols.

The Board will be monitoring the situation and will reassess this decision regularly, knowing that the decision to re-open will need to be made jointly with Beth Israel. 

To arrive at this decision, the Board met with UFP’s leadership, researched protocols and trends, and consulted with Beth Israel. Safety and inclusion were two of the highest considerations. 

Should you decide to gather socially, the Board encourages everyone to follow public health guidelines and help keep each other safe during this time. Reach the Board here

Past Notes From the Board

Online-Only Services

Leadership at the Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough has decided to suspend in-person gatherings starting this Sunday, March 15 for at least 2 weeks, moving to online services instead. We do this because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the risk it poses to our community, and in alignment with the advice of the Unitarian…

November board message

Chalice at our May 2018 "Two Faiths, One Home?" Community Conversation with Beth Israel

The board would like to bring everyone up to date on the exciting progress in defining our new relationship with Beth Israel. This extract from the Joint Statement of Intent agreed to by both congregations explains why we are considering this change. “Beth Israel has aspirations for a community where congregational size, resources, and leadership…

Update on the Stairlift

The Board, indeed the whole congregation, continues to be deeply disappointed by the fact that our downstairs hall is not accessible to all. We would like to bring you up to date on progress to correct this issue. As you know we have been trying to limp along with the unreliable stair lift for some time,…

Where is Home?

For the first thirty- odd years of our Unitarian existence in Peterborough, we were wanderers. We met weekly in places and spaces all across town, from school libraries to a former billiards hall. The first and only building we owned and was a decommissioned Salvation Army church on Chamberlain Street. We weren’t there long before…