I want to thank you for the many e-mails and notes of concern about our New York staff as well as those of appreciation for the materials we prepared for congregations to use in the wake of last week's disaster. While our phone and fax system was not working, we know that the majority of our congregations were made aware of our materials via e-mail and the UAHC Web site. (If you have not seen them, they may be found at http://uahc.org/sept11). Also, if you tried to send faxes to our New York office last week, please send them again.)
Now that our communication systems are back to normal it is time for us, too, to resume our ongoing work. And so, I want to take a moment to brief you on our plans for the Biennial and other events.
The Biennial will, indeed, take place in Boston December 5-9. Be assured we will, as always, work with local authorities to take whatever security precautions are necessary.
The Maurice N. Eisendrath Award for Service to the World at Large will be given in memory of the rescue workers who gave their lives saving others.
In light of our communications problems last week, the deadline for Early Bird registration has been extended by one week to October 1, 2001.
Other UAHC events-including Committee and Commission meetings, L'Taken Seminars, regional board meetings, training sessions and the Clergy Worship Retreat will be held as scheduled. We will, of course, take whatever security precautions are necessary.
Speaking engagements and congregational visits will proceed as scheduled. However, due to the changing travel schedules, we ask that you confirm with the UAHC staff person you are expecting when he or she will be arriving.
We believe that continuing our work to create strong and vibrant Reform congregations is the best way we can help our country recover from this catastrophe. As always, the UAHC stands ready to help you serve your members and community.
On behalf of everyone on the UAHC staff, I wish you a 'Shanah Tovah