One educational requirement for becoming a Fellowshipped UU minister is to have chaplain experience through the Clinical Pastoral Experience (CPE). And though mine happened long ago in the summer of 2003, I still remember the hardest lesson I learned from that time…it was the importance of saying goodbye. I would often end a pastoral visit with a patient with the words, ‘see you later.’ One day my supervisor asked, “How do you know you’ll see that person later? They might be discharged from the hospital before you visit again or worse, they may die before you return. It’s important with every visit to say ‘goodbye.’” And there were times during that summer that proved he was right – I didn’t always get to see someone later.
by Maureen McNair
A bottle of scented hand sanitizer. A ﬁve dollar bill tucked in an envelope. Homemade food. These are just some of the gifts our pantry clients give to our pantry and volunteers on Saturdays.
This past Saturday, one of our existing clients told me he owned a signage business and oﬀered to make more laminated numbers similar to the ones we hand out to clients so we can practice a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served food distribution. He oﬀered signs and banners too. All for free.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus is causing increased cases everywhere. We no longer have any true "no risk" situations. Fortunately, the vaccines are highly effective, though slightly less so among the elderly and those immuno-compromised. The variant is as contagious as chicken pox and can hit the not vaccinated really hard, including children. Vaccinated persons are FAR less likely to face possible hospitalization or worse. The disease can surely be spread by those not vaccinated who pick up the virus, but also by fully vaccinated people who may become infected even without showing symptoms. Getting vaccinated is the primary responsible thing we can do, for ourselves and others. We surely don't want to help perpetuate health disparities among those who are marginalized in any way, who may face more crowded living conditions and fewer work options than some do.
by Maureen McNair
Every winter for many years, the volunteers at our Hillcrest Interfaith Shelter Network site, which hosts homeless guests for two weeks, prepare for our guests’ arrival by watching an instructional video. The video does not tell volunteers how to organize meals or set up cots we borrow. Instead, the video features homeless guests from prior shelters who speak to us directly about how to engage them in conversation.
Saturday, Aug. 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Hillcrest patio. Come and help us celebrate Rev. Kathleen’s 14 years of service to our congregation as we fondly say “Farewell.” We’ll celebrate outdoors on the Hillcrest patio with special musical guests, Chris Hassett and Drew Massicot - you won’t want to miss this! During this time of rising infection rates with the Delta variant, there will be no food or drink served at the event; but please bring your own individual water container. There will be plenty of time to visit with each other, masked and socially distanced. Please arrive between 6:30 pm and 7 pm; live music will start at 7 pm.
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