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While we can no longer hold in-person gatherings, we are still very much a community and need community now more than ever! Our staff and lay leaders have been busy and creative in setting up new and different ways for us to stay in touch with each other and help each other through this difficult time. This web page collects some of the information that can help you stay connected!

 

Thank you to our COVID-19 Advisory Team - We are fortunate to have experienced public health professionals in our congregation who have volunteered to advise the Board and Senior Minister on how best to respond to the fast changing information on the current coronavirus outbreak. Thanks Jim Lee, Jim Marks and Tom Reischl for lending your expertise! The results of their survey on how congregants would like to approach re-opening is available following this link.

 

 

SUNDAY SERVICES ARE ONLINE

Please go to the home page for current information about each week's Sunday Service (usually at 11:30am, but please check the home page). We would be delighted to have you join us--  You can always use this link: www.uuaa.org/service

 

Children’s Corner at UUAA - A Video Series for Kids

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View the playlist of Children's Corner Videos!

As our SGD staff and volunteers continue to plan for what fall classes might look like, they have created Children's Corner at UUAA, a regular video series created by SGD staff and volunteers that explores the world through the lens of Unitarian Universalist Principles. Children's Corner is created with children elementary age and younger in mind, and can be viewed on their own or as a family. Each video will have segments that should be familiar to returning SGD kids, as well as segments with song, movement, or activities you can do at home.

You can contribute! Each week families are asked to send in pictures or videos based on the activity featured. Send all of the above to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Our SGD leaders hope Children's Corner will become a part of your family's engagement with UUAA.

 

 

PASTORAL CARE IS AVAILABLE

-primarily calls, cards, meal delivery and bereavement support by phone. If you or a beloved member of the community are 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 the Pastoral Care Team's goal to respond to each request within a  day.

The weekly drop-in pastoral care is on vacation until September  

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK CONTINUES...

Our Mindful Eating Team is busy doing safely-distanced, masked, caring work in the world, helping out at Farmer Bill's to grow food that benefits Food Gatherers. "Service is Our Law" even during Covid 19. (Don't worry-- the 2 people in the photo less than 6 feet apart are spouses.) [ May, 2020]

 UUs Working at Farmer Bill's in facemasks, all safely distanced.

 

We Cannot Stop from Singing -- Music, Chalice Singers & Chalice Sparks are Virtual

UUAA's Sunday, August 30th service included this beautiful and inspiring piece of music engineering, singing Alleluia "together"

 

Look through the entire Music and Singing Playlist from UUAA's YouTube channel.

 

'OUR UUAA COMMUNITY' private Facebook Page

allows congregants who are Facebook members (over 270 people so far) to connect. As the description from Rev Cassi says, "a place for UUAA members and friends to share thoughts, ask questions and generally experience a warm, loving community. To keep this a friendly and open discussion group, please remember that when posting or responding to a post, we all need to be respectful and do our best to follow our covenant."

People have posted recommendations for soothing music, things that bring joy, and tips for helping neighbors and friends during the coronavirus isolation period,

Many UUs are making masks and describe how on the FB page. If you have extra masks or need a mask, note that there is a blue cooler in front of the UUAA building where you can drop off washed and plastic bagged masks or pick up a mask others have made.

If you would like to join the FB group, check your email from UUAA for the link to Our UUAA Community. (You will need to have a Facebook account.)

 

 

Find us on Instagram

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  Find us on Instagram:  @uuaa_community

You will want to check out the UUAA calendar, and make sure you are subscribed to the UUAA Weekly Bulletin and Monthly Newsletter. To subscribe please fill out the subscription form using this link.  (You can use the form to update your contact information, also.) 

 

Weekly E-News and Monthly Newsletter

The UUAA Weekly E-News (used to be Bulletin) is typically emailed Thursday afternoons and the Monthly Newsletter is typically emailed the 28th of each month.You can click here to subscribe to our email newsletter/E-News list, or to update your contact information. If you have any questions, please email Welcome Ministries Coordinator Hannah Hotchkiss at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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Your committee meetings and small group meetings are probably on Zoom. Check out the UUAA calendar for dates and times,

UUAA is holding Zoom community gatherings. Some of the gatherings that have taken place are:

  • Pastoral Care sessions (see above)
  • YRUU chat (high school group)
  • UUAA Musicians Gathering
  • Meditation session with Rev. Manish
  • Kids are Zoomers, too! Zoom sessions for all age groups, even the Prek-5th Grade Zoom "Show and Tell" on Tuesday, 3/24, 10:00am

Please look for your email from UUAA to get schedules and links to these gatherings.

You can set up a Zoom meeting using on of the 3 UUAA Zoom meeting rooms, using our usual room reservation system, adapted for online meetings. Use this link to submit a Zoom Room Request Form.

 

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Resources

Resources for Families

There are many guides for seeing to your family's mental health during quarantine. This list is a collection from multiple sources.

 

Inspiration

Revisit excerpts from our online services-- you can explore these Youtube playlists for the stories and music.

 

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Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The Call to Unite

 

 Music

Directed by Jen Hayman, congregants of All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington DC join voices in a virtual choir to sing Carolyn McDade's "Spirit of Life."

 

Music from Melanie DeMore

We were so sad to have to cancel the 2020 Big Sing and miss our special guest musician Melanie DeMore. You can enjoy her music in this video.

 

A soothing song from Tret Fure's concert in April 2019 at UUAA

 

HELPFUL INFORMATION...

Online Meetings with Zoom

 Learn more about Zoom-- read Getting Started with Zoom

Zoom - If you can't download the client app, use these instructions.

Zoom has a good collection of video tutorials that might help you.

This Zoom tutorial gives a good background for basic controls to use during meetings.

Check email from UUAA for links to UUAA meetings, gatherings, services.

 

Coronavirus Information

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering interactive map of global spread

Washtenaw County Health Dept Coronavirus Information

Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Information (including FAQs)

 

Links-

Go to the home page of this website .

Follow this link to UUAA's audio sermon archive, or the video sermon archive.

View the playlist of Children's Corner Videos

The UUA publishes a weekly inspiration called Braver/Wiser

A UU podcast, The VUU has an episode on Sustaining Connection in a Coronavirus World.