Caring for one another is a core spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists. Pastoral care is the term we use for the ways we offer support and compassion to each other in community. We promote offering pastoral care to all ages knowing that it can be as simple as sending a card for a birthday or as challenging as helping someone who has suicidal thoughts.

Our goal is to provide a ministry of hope and caring so that no member or friend of our congregation need be alone during a crisis or other time of need. We:

  • connect with those who are ill, lonely at home, or in recovery at a medical facility.
  • support those going through a life crisis.
  • maintain contact with those unable to attend worship services due to illness or disabling condition.
  • support those involved in caregiving.
  • comfort the bereaved.

Our minister is trained to provide a listening ear to those in need, and is available to any member or friend who needs someone to talk to or wishes to discuss a topic of importance to them. Pastoral care is generally provided in the KUUF office or another public location. All pastoral care conversations are held in the strictest confidence unless the minister believes you are a threat to yourself or others.

For more information on pastoral care, contact Rev. Chris Rothbauer at minister@keweenawuu.org.