Pastoral Care at UUAA
There is no independent existence. In caring for another person, we ourselves are cared for.
The mission of the Pastoral Care Program is to provide care and support during times of transition, loss and other times of need.
Services provided by our Care Team
- Visit the ill at home or in the hospital
- Provide educational programs on relevant topics such as Benefits of Hospice and Protecting Your Assets
- Help arrange assistance for meals and assist congregants connect to community resources.
- Maintain contact with those unable to attend services due to extended illness or disability
- Support friends and family in care giving
- Comfort the bereaved
- Provide support groups.
How do I get help when I need it?
• Call the pastoral care number provided to congregants.
Pastoral Care Education
To help make our UUAA members more informed concerning quality-of-life/end-of-life health issues as well as identifying resources available for our members in Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, Pastoral Care has added a new component, “Pastoral Care - Education.” PC–Education’s objective is to develop an annual slate of regularly scheduled presentations on a variety of health related topics for care givers and care receiver.
Pastoral Care Assistance Program
Care Assistants are members of the congregation and trained lay volunteers who offer one-on-one caring and support to fellow congregants in times of need. The Care Assistance Program is not intended to replace the role of the ministerial staff. The goal is to support the pastoral work of the ministers, to be present with members during times of need and to help strengthen UUAA’s community of faith.
Volunteering to be with others during times of life transitions is a gift to oneself and others. There are multiple opportunities for you to be of service: visiting, providing food and assisting with other programming needs such as senior lunches. Please contact the pastoral care minister, if you would like to explore becoming a member of our care team.
“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.”