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Pastoral Care at UUAA

Pastoral Care During the Pandemic

 

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We do offer Pastoral Care during this time- primarily calls, cards, meal delivery and bereavement support by phone. If you or a beloved member of the community is in need of support, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call 734-665-6158 ext 2. It is our goal to respond to each request within a  day.

In Peace,
UUAA Pastoral Care Team

 

 

 

Pastoral Care Q (uarantine) Buddies!

QBuddyThe world has changed in the last few weeks with COVID19.  Many of us are moving to internet-based social interaction. Although this is beneficial in many ways, we also know the benefits of being in a real time connection with one another. 

We are asking for your help in maintaining our UUAA community during COVID-19

 PASTORAL CARE REQUEST: Q Buddies for those being Held Close

 HELD CLOSE? We have members who, for many reasons, are being highly impacted by the quarantine. These are the community members we want to keep close to our hearts and reach out to regularly during this unique time.

 What is a Q Buddy?  A Q Buddy is a congregant who is willing to bea quarantine buddy with a HELD CLOSE member of the community. We are asking for Q Buddies to check their buddy 1-2 times per week via phone, provide some social connection and communicate with the Pastoral Care team if the person requires additional care. We would love for folks to commit to 8 weeks, but if sign up and can no longer be a Q Buddy simply inform the Pastoral Care team.

To volunteer, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating YES I CAN be a Q Buddy! Quiana will send you the name, number, and email of a Held Close community member.

Honor system! We will assume you have called your Buddy 1-2 per week. If there are no issues, concerns or questions, you can continue to call until the shelter in place order is lifted.

If there is a concern or a change in need, just call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   Thank you for considering participating in this unique Pastoral Care effort.

 

 

Drop-in Pastoral Care Hours * Mon & Weds

In support of community health and wellness, the Pastoral Care Team will be offering weekly online ZOOM Pastoral Care hours. All are welcome to this drop in style gathering, which will include a chalice lighting, a reading and open space for joys, concerns, reflection and dialogue.

Mondays 11:00 am-12:00 pm  

Wednesdays 6:00 pm-7:00 pm 

ZOOM meeting links are shared in the Pastoral News, emailed with your bulletin every Thursday. If you need the link, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Quiana Perkins
Social Justice and Pastoral Care Ministries Coordinator

 

Meet your Pastoral Care Team

- follow this link to see the current members.

 

Pastoral Care is for YOU!

Pastoral Care is the embodiment of the love we share for each other, encompassing times of need and joy. This summer, UUAA, has experienced an increase in life transitions and memorial services. We know that grief and loss can have a profound impact on health and well-being. But you don’t have to do this alone, Pastoral Care is here for YOU! If you are in need of additional support, please reach out to the Pastoral Care Team. Whether its connecting you with another congregant who is willing to listen or with a minister to support your spiritual health, we are here!

 

Our Pastoral Care Network

On Sunday, May 19th, 2019, the NEW UUAA Pastoral Care Network was introduced to the Congregation. This network approach combines the skills and strengths of the ministerial team and the congregation to provide assistance in times of need and joy. A key element of the network is congregant to congregant care (congregants offering help to each other). We  gathered the names and commitments during the service and will start creating a data base of care.  

Quiana Perkins, Pastoral Care Coordinator, along with the Pastoral Care Team will manage the system, connecting those who need help with those willing to assist. Pleae reach out to Pastoral Care if you need support.

The Pastoral Team looks forward to serving our beloved community!

 

PastoralCareNetwork

 

 

Pastoral Care Coordinator

 

Quiana Perkins square 300px for webQuiana Perkins Social Justice and Pastoral Care Ministries Coordinator As your new Pastoral Care Coordinator I see pastoral care is the way the community cares for itself.  It is the embodiment of the love we share for each other, encompassing times of need and joy.   Pastoral care is the umbrella term for all the care we offer each other.  Many calls for short term pastoral care can be met , with effective coordination, congregant to congregant.  Other calls for care such as counseling for a serious medical diagnosis or loss of a loved one need to be met by a minister.

Work is progressing to create an interactive system to meet the care needs in our large and growing congregation.  I meet regularly with the ministers and staff to coordinate and provide care.  Recruitment and training is underway for lay members to serve with me on our Care Team to facilitate a timely and effective response to requests for pastoral care.  Working with the lay leaders of large group ministries we’re finding a  member of each group who will serve and be trained as a liaison to the Care Team.  We will soon be asking everyone’s participation in our care network.  

I look forward to being in community with you. 

Quiana Perkins
Social Justice and Pastoral Care Ministries Coordinator
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor
734-665-6158 ext 113

Office hours:

Sun 9-2| Mon- Tues- Wed 12-9|Thur 9-5

On call as needed for Pastoral Care Emergencies

 

 

“At the heart of our caring is the willingness to be more vulnerable and therefore more fully alive than ever before. This is the power that keeps us returning day by day to the ever-changing journey of caregiving.”

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.