The Mission of the Pastoral Care Team is to provide a ministry of support, hope and caring so that no one in the congregation feels alone in difficult times in their life.
The Pastoral Care Team is a lay led ministry caring for the Congregation, members and friends alike. The Team works collaboratively with our Minister in order to expand the Congregation’s pastoral care presence. The Minister serves in a mentoring role to the Team.
The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism guide the Pastoral Care Team. Team members are on the look out for those congregants who might need a helping hand or listening ear. The Pastoral Care Team works cooperatively with staff, Caring Ministry and the Grief Support Group, to identify those who may be in need and to assure a fuller range of caring to our congregants. Team members agree to treat information about congregants as confidential to those outside of the Team and the Minister, unless otherwise requested by a congregant.
The Team recruits its own members, in consultation with the Minister. It strives for membership that represents various demographics and interest groups within the church. Annually, the Team elects a chair, reviews Team members and determines if other members are needed.
On a monthly basis, the Pastoral Care Team:
- Discusses congregant contacts
- Supports Team members’ life stresses
- Continues training
- Quantifies the number of congregant contacts
Our covenant to the congregation is to:
- Support those with difficult life transitions such as miscarriage, child birth, divorce, blending families, addiction, dying, grieving, loss of job, acute or chronic physical and mental illness, gender identity, pandemic, dementia, surgery, chemo, etc.
- Visit congregants who are home-bound, in a nursing home or hospital, or otherwise unable to participate in church functions
- Support caregivers
- Comfort the bereaved
Please note: We utilized the statements of the UU Church of Richmond, VA, and River Road UU Congregation, Bethesda, MD, in creating this document.