The Pastoral Care Team organizes practical help for members and friends who are in crisis. Team members are a presence for these needing emotional support. They share in moments of joy, celebration, and sorrow, and assist people in finding community resources. Pastoral Care members make visits to homes and hospitals, communicate joys and sorrows through the Fellowship newsletter, and provide confidential, nonjudgmental, empathetic listening and support.
The Social Justice Ministry Team provides a congregational forum for the address of social justice issues. The team identifies social justice issues, providing information on issues and initiating action within our congregation and the greater community.
On May 20, 2001, after a year of study and discussion, our Fellowship passed a resolution to become a Welcoming Congregation, joining a nationwide Unitarian Universalist Association program to end discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. This means that we affirm and include people of all sexual orientations in our Fellowship. This affirmation of bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender experience flows naturally from the Unitarian Universalist belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
In October 2004, the Fellowship acquired Green Sanctuary status, demonstrating our dedication to living out the our Seventh Principle of “affirming and promoting respect for the interdependent web of all existence” through the celebration and protection of the environment. The Green Sanctuary Program provides a framework for congregational study and reflection, with the goals of:
- building awareness of societal environmental issues;
- generating commitment for personal lifestyle changes;
- motivate us to community action on environmental issues;
- building connections between spiritual practice and environmental consciousness; and
- building awareness of and rectifying environmental injustices.