What Do We Stand For?
The affirmation of the UUUS repeated every Sunday during service reads in part, “Love is the spirit of this church, and service is its gift.” In addition, we promise to “help one another.” The Pastoral Care Team also has an affirmation: “In the Spirit of our first UU principle (‘to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person’), we strive to be dependable, inclusive, and discreet; carrying out a ministry of hope and caring, so that no member of our congregation need be alone.” Our team is committed to putting this affirmation into practice.
How Do We Accomplish This?
Our team members attend workshops and ongoing training sessions, meeting twice a month to review and plan for the needs of the congregation. We visit our members and their families in times of need — in hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes, and at their residences. We provide meals, give or arrange rides to doctor’s offices and other necessary appointments, make phone calls, send cards, research services (such as nursing homes, funeral homes, and various options, community services and outreach programs), provide advocacy in the hospital, and provide emotional support for members and their family. An additional part of the commitment of the Pastoral Care Team is to encourage, organize, and support members of the congregation in helping each other.
Want To Help?
Visit our Pastoral Care Needs You page to read about the different ways you can help Pastoral Care help fellow members.