Reentry Update: March 7, 2022

March 07, 2022

Dear members and friends of Foundry,

As you may know, the Mayor recently announced updates to the DC Covid vaccination and masking protocols. While Foundry recognizes that as of March 1, the District will no longer require masks in houses of worship, we will continue to observe our own protocols in an act of radical hospitality to our neighbors and for the safety of our unvaccinated children and other vulnerable siblings.

Our practice has been to wait two weeks following official shifts, therefore, as of March 15, 2022, some protocols will be adjusted as follows:

  • Proof of vaccination will only be required for Foundry employees and childcare workers (both paid and volunteer)
  • Pews will no longer be roped off for physical distancing
  • Congregants may check in with ushers, rather than personal device-only check in
  • Children’s “Wiggle Bags” will be available
  • Communion stewards will continue to wear masks and gloves, and pre-bagged communion elements will be available upon request
  • Air filtration units will continue to be utilized at full capacity
  • Masks will still be required in the building unless speaking at a microphone or performing with the choir

We understand that many are anxious to be free of the mask requirement. However, we ask for your prayerful partnership as we strive to uphold our commitments to love God, love each other, and change the world through gathering for worship, study, and service while keeping the safety of all our neighbors in mind.

As we consider future adjustments, our clergy, staff, and lay leaders will continue to be guided by science and the input of our parents and other members of our Foundry community who need particular support. Learn more about how Foundry is responding to the ongoing pandemic at

Lenten Blessings,

Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli
Senior Pastor