Anyone in our community may seek care, confidentially and free of charge. Our concept of care comes from our Unitarian Universalist values that each person deserves emotional and spiritual support, and that accessing it in a community can be especially helpful and healing. Here at the Fellowship, it means that individuals can access a listening presence with someone who represents the nurture of the whole community, so that their pain and gladness might be witnessed.
Congregational care (sometimes called pastoral care) is not a substitute for mental health care, legal counsel, family mediation, social work, or even professional therapy. It is a purposeful, low-pressure way to connect with others and yourself, spiritually and practically, for the purpose of sacred peace, emotional growth, or problem solving about a variety of life issues.
Examples of why someone might desire care could include:
*interest in deepening meaning in life *arrival of new family member *domestic violence *homelessness *personal evolution *promotion at work *gender transition *partner’s terminal diagnosis *family conflict *aging *religious growth *suicidal thoughts *illness *graduation *death of a parent *divorce or break-up *caregiver concerns *trauma and recovery *parenting challenges *discerning a new call (to justice work, a different career, or something else) *and more!