A partial IT outage will occur over a weekend in May as The United Church of Christ prepares to relocate its national offices.
The main office computer server will be taken out of service at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 20*. The goal is to get it back up and running “in time for the reopening of business on Monday, May 23,” said Chief Strategy Officer Cheryl Joseph Williams.
She said many cloud-based computing functions will remain active over the weekend. These will include staff email accounts and phone numbers and general access to the UCC website, ucc.org. “However,” she said, “please expect that there may be an unforeseen delay or interruption in the transmission of emails.”
What will fall
Some key services will be unavailable over the weekend. They understand:
Associate Director Destiny Hisey of the Center for Analytics, Research and Development, and Data offered advice for Data Hub users, especially those at UCC conferences. “We suggest downloading the People Data Report and the Church Data Report prior to this outage, in anticipation that you may need to access your conference information stored in the Data Hub. “, she said.
Change of address on June 1
The hiatus is the latest step in a movement that began last year. “This planned outage will allow our servers to be moved to our new offices so that our equipment is ready for our staff when they move in,” Williams said. The sale of the building at 700 Prospect Avenue, where national ministries have operated for 32 years, is expected to close on May 31.
“Our new address becomes official from June 1,” she said, with staff currently expected to start moving in early this month.
This address – 1300 East 9e St., Suite 1100, Cleveland OH 44114 — shall be for the Office of the General Minister and President, Justice and Local Church Ministries, Extended Church Ministries and Operations, the Council of Ministries of Health and Social Services and the Open and affirmative coalition. The Church building and loan fund and the Cornerstone Funds will be on the 16th floor of this same building.
Financial donations to UCC National Ministries should always be sent to PO Box 71957, Cleveland, OH 44194. Established last year, this PO Box will remain in place at all times as the correct address for gifts, the director of Kent Siladi Philanthropy.
“We hope our UCC audiences will join us with excited anticipation as national ministries make final preparations to take possession of our new home offices,” Williams said.
*[This article was updated on May 17, 2022, to reflect a revised time — noon — for the May 20 start of the service outage. An earlier version reported the outage would start at 5 p.m. ET, the time originally set.]
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