Pastoral Care

General and Acute Needs

None of us like to face illness or diminished abilities—and the Congregation desires that members and friends never face such things alone. Oddly enough, the hardest part of effective pastoral care is getting folks to admit they have a need!

Please let the Minister or Pastoral Care Coordinator know when you need some support; a phone call or email is always welcome. Visit our Contact Us page for more information on contacting us

The Minister is available to accompany families at times of surgery. She also makes daily calls during a hospitalization, weekly visits to nursing homes, and bi-weekly visits to homebound members. She is glad to listen if you simply need time to talk about an ongoing concern or a spiritual matter. Please contact the Minister directly to arrange an appointment or assistance.

Members and friends of the Congregation also receive visits, calls, or cards from the Pastoral Care Team when they are ill, homebound, or recuperating from surgery. Team members also serve in an on-call rotation to assure that someone is available to take calls even when the Minister is unavailable.

Members and friends of the Congregation who are providing long-term or in-home care to a loved one are invited to a monthly luncheon for respite and conversation. A healthy lunch is prepared and served at the Chalice Center at noon on the first Tuesday of the month. Conversation is considered confidential. Please contact the Minister to receive the monthly email invitation.

Bereavement Care

The death of a loved one is a transformational event for those who are left. The Congregation is available to support the bereft in several ways.

  • The Minister is available for funerals; the Congregation will help prepare and execute funerals and memorials.
  • The Congregation provides either a bereavement meal at the church or food for the funeral home lounge when a member dies.
  • A support group will assemble for times of transition.
  • A small team of pray-ers will remember your loved one “Morning, Noon, and Night” for 30 days.

Spiritual Mentoring

Several members of the Congregation have received training in theological reflection to assist new members, visitors, and seekers in sorting out questions on their spiritual path and understanding Unitarian Universalism. Each Mentor has a personal spiritual practice, has taken time to explore their own theology, and has learned some basics about several enduring religious traditions. Spiritual Mentors are not counselors or spiritual directors, but companions in questioning. If you would like to speak with a Mentor or be considered for the formation program, contact the Minister.

Community Ministry

The Congregation takes its responsibility to the larger community very seriously. We belong to the Owensboro Daviess County Ministerial Association (ODCMA) and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD.) Members personally volunteer with such diverse organizations as St. Benedict’s Shelter, CASA, Sierra Club, Balloon Twister’s Club, and more. As a Congregation, we participate in community events and activities and we host local environmental clubs.