For members needing support and assistance on issues of personal concern, both professional and lay caregivers are available at First Unitarian Society. Each of our three ministers has received training in pastoral care and each has a wealth of experience working with grieving families, conflicted couples, prospective marriage partners, the spiritually confused, ailing, elderly and emotionally troubled individuals. Although the Society’s ministers juggle many responsibilities, requests for consultation or short-term counseling are always entertained.
Here is a link to contact our three ministers.
However, three individuals cannot possibly meet the needs of the more than 2000 members of our faith community. Therefore, a contingent of compassionate and well-oriented Lay Ministers exists to supplement the work of the ministerial staff. Some members of this group are retired professionals – clergy, counselors, social workers – while others also serve as Hospice volunteers or mentors. These men and women visit individuals who are hospitalized, in rehabilitation or skilled nursing facilities, or recovering from illness or injury at home. They help to arrange meals on a temporary basis, provide occasional transportation or simply lend a listening ear to those who are troubled or isolated.
Please use this link to request assistance from a lay minister
Other members of First Unitarian Society participate in its “Shawl Ministry” project, creating and distributing hand made comfort items (shawls or lap blankets) to individuals who are ill or have lost loved ones. Although our staff and lay ministers try their best to identify potential recipients of these love-tokens, we welcome suggestions from our members. It is all too easy to overlook individuals who could benefit from such a gift. Please contact a member of the ministerial staff if you or someone you know could be served by our Shawl Ministry.
Michael A. Schuler Parish Minister,
First Unitarian Society
"Take care with the end as you do with the beginning"
-- Lao Tzu,
Tao Te Ching
A manual for end-of-life choices
Our manual for end of life, Final Choices: A Guide for Making End of Life Decisions can be downloaded free by clicking on the image above. It is our gift to you. The intent of Final Choices remains as it was conceived by the original authors:
...a guide for people who want a simple, dignified, and inexpensive final disposition of their bodies, and believe that planning last procedures and ceremonies, expressing their wishes as explicitly as possible and leaving last instructions will spare survivors needless expense and mental anguish..."
Having planned your end of life is your final gift to your family and significant others.