Challenges come our way in life. Some are pretty manageable. Others leave us feeling very alone and overwhelmed, or, demand great contemplation.
One way a congregation can support its members is by forming a Lay Pastoral Care Team, which works in conjunction with other religious professionals to connect members of the congregation to each other and provide support during times of joy and sorrow. Pastoral care for youth and young adults is also an important part of the way we support people in our faith communities.
Caring for one another is a core spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists. Pastoral care is the term we use for the ways we offer support and compassion to each other in community. We promote offering pastoral care to all ages knowing that it can be as simple as sending a card for a birthday or as challenging as helping someone who has suicidal thoughts.
Lay Pastoral Care can offer sustained personal support for those enduring circumstances such as:
- Marital changes
- Inability to attend church
- Joys Program
- Meals and Transportation
- Buddy System
- Medical Equipment Loan Program
- Visiting the Ill or Hospitalized
- Time of Death and Bereavement
- Educational Resources
- Visiting Members in Retirement Communities and Nursing Homes
- Dealing with Life Crises or Emotional Distress
- Protocol for a Death
For additional, confidential, information about Pastoral Care contact the Pastoral Care Team via email.