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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!

 

 

SUNDAY SERVICES ARE ONLINE

Please go to the home page for current information about each week's Sunday, 11:30 service. We would be delighted to have you join us--  use this link: www.uuaa.org/service

 

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.

You may want to participate in drop-in pastoral care sessions online using the Zoom platform

Monday’s 11:00 am-12:00 pm  

*On Mondays, we will hold a Memorial Ritual to honor anyone the community has lost in the past week. 

Wednesday 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

You need the Zoom link to join. Please check your email from UUAA to find the link. If you have lost the email, you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask for a link. [To learn more about Zoom, jump to Resources further down the page.]

 

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.

 

'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.)

Some of the many ways UUAA friends in the FB community have said they are coping/ helping others include-

  • dropped off some supplies to an immune-compromised friend
  • organized an outdoor coffee break for the neighbors
  • daughter took her cello lesson over Skype - gives me joy and hope
  • local “Duncan & Dragons” session was via Google Hangout
  • made pumpkin glazed cookies
  • donated blood -- much needed right now
  • calling friends who are alone or elderly
  • spinning with a drop spindle
  • getting out in the sun
  • drop a game or good book at someone's door
  • helping local business by buying gift cards/ takeout from restaurants
  • home-made comfort food
  • my family has been doing FaceTime with me
  • online Choir meeting via Zoom

 

Find us on Instagram

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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..

 

 

StaffZoomScaledOnline ZOOM Meetings and Gatherings

In addition to online committee meetings, 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

UU kids across the country are participating in this great family challenge for the month of April. Try to do all activities on the calendar below- or just use the calendar as a resource for fun ideas! Feel free to post pics of your family engaging in these activities in our closed facebook group.

Download the challenge calendar of family activities for April.

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

An upbeat dance video - Alvin Ailey's 'Revelations'

 

 

 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

 

Meditation

...from Rev. Lindasusan Ulrich

KeepCalmMeditation

 

 

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.

 Or for more information go to the Zoom web site or the Zoom Help section.

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-

See the front page of this website for a daily centering thought.

Follow this link to UUAA's audio sermon archive.

The UUA publishes a weekly inspiration called Braver/Wiser

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