Pastoral Care at UUSM
Updated: Apr 14
“Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by
ourselves alone – we find it with one another.” Thomas Merton
Our Caring Community
People often ask when to contact pastoral care. If you’ve asked yourself that question, it’s a good time to call! When we’re experiencing the bumps and potholes of life’s journey, sometimes conversations don’t go far enough to remind us we are not alone. Contact the Pastoral Care Team for compassionate and confidential support.
Pastoral Care Minister (acting)
Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale is currently serving as UUSM’s Pastoral Care minister. In case of a pastoral emergency (for example, a traumatic experience, a serious diagnosis, hospitalization, or death of a loved one), contact Alison White, who will put you in touch with Rev. Stefanie.
Pastoral Care Guiding Documents
The work we do and our relationship with the congregation, Pastroal Care Associates, and the minister are of guided by the Pastoral Care Covenant. Clear expectations on how to protect the privacy of those we work with are asserted in Confidentiality Policy. Please take a moment to review both of these documents.
Individuals and families affected by illness and other life events can become overwhelmed by the details of everyday life. By using an online “Signup Genius,” the Helping Hands Coordinator organizes errand runners and meal deliveries.
Sacred Song Circle
Sacred Song Circle offers the healing power of soft voices and familiar songs in homes and at bedsides to those in our beloved community who are struggling in body or spirit. Sacred Song Circle is a new group that will become a tight-knit group of singers who rely on each other, as well as our UU principles, to provide pastoral care through singing.
Meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 7:00-8:30 pm in Beck Hall. Sacred Song is for anyone who enjoys singing. At the meetings, you will practice songs (like the choir does), share and support each other (like in Open Circles), and confidentially discuss needs for pastoral singing (like the Pastoral Care team does). If a singing ministry sounds like something you want to be part of, contact Lori Fox.
Soft, colorful shawls, lap blankets, and throws, emblazoned with the Flaming Chalice symbol, are given as tokens of our community’s love and care when someone is experiencing crisis or distress. Since the introduction of this program by Ann Mason and Reeba Lynn in 2007, many at UUSM have already received love wraps!
Minister’s Discretionary Fund
The fund is used to provide confidential assistance to those facing emergency financial need. The Pastoral Care Team is currently the administrator of this fund. Contact Kathy Kinner if you are in need of financial help.
For Sunday services or medical appointments, our ride coordinator matches drivers and passengers for one-time or ongoing assistance.
Support your Caring Community
To become a Pastoral Care Associate or to offer your help to run an errand, cook a meal or give a ride, contact the Pastoral Care Team today!