If you are coping with illness or another life crisis situation or if you know someone who is and would like to make a referral, please contact the UUCCI Pastoral Care Team. You needn’t be alone; someone from our trained Pastoral Care Team will reach out to you.

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We as a community want to support our members and friends in need of rides, meals, or caring correspondence. Those in need may also reach out to the Pastoral Care Team.

Volunteers willing to provide rides, meals, or cards should contact the Pastoral Care Team as well.

The Pastoral Associates Program

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana supports the tradition of involvement in the congregation through the concept of shared ministry. A Pastoral Associates program is a vital part of the shared ministry concept.

Pastoral Associates assist the minister in providing pastoral care to the members and friends of our congregation through a listening ministry of presence. The purpose of the program is to extend the care of the congregation through one-to-one caring and helping activities by lay members of the congregation to those who are in special need.

Pastoral Associate Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of UUCCI
  • A sense of compassion and empathy for others
  • A good listener who can be comfortable with feelings of loss, pain, and anxiety in others
  • Non-judgmental and able to keep confidences

Amount of Time Required:

  • A Training Workshop
  • Attendance at monthly 2 hour pastoral associates team meetings
  • 1-2 hours of pastoral care outreach per month with members of the congregation

Length of Commitment

  • Two-year term

Pastoral Care Team Mission and Covenant

In the spirit of our first UU principle, “to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” we strive to convey in manners dependable, inclusive and discrete, a ministry of hope and caring, so that no member of our congregation need be alone.

We covenant to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana:

To work with our minister, congregation, and the community network in a continuing process to cherish and care for all members of our congregation.

We will:

  • Visit the ill at home or in the hospital
  • Support those going through a life crisis
  • Maintain contact with those unable to come to UUCCI due to illness or disability
  • Support friends and family involved in caregiving
  • Comfort the bereaved
  • Respect the privacy of individuals and families by keeping details of their lives in confidence
  • Be on call and available for the next two years
  • Support the next Pastoral Care Team to ensure a continuity of pastoral care presence in the congregation

Pastoral Care Team members covenant to each other:

  • To give mutual support, fellowship, and feedback
  • To invest time and effort to help each other towards spiritual growth and enrichment

Pastoral Associates Application