Message from the Minister

— by Rev. William Levwood, UUCT Minister

Here for Each Other

Back in April I shared in a sermon that surviving and thriving in this pandemic was not going to be a sprint but rather a marathon.  I had no idea at that time how true that would be.

If I’m honest with myself, I have to admit that I was actually still sprinting back in April.  At the time, it felt like the right thing to do as your minister.

I imagine many of you have also been sprinting.  For months.  I know this is especially true for parents and other caregivers, caregivers of both young and old alike.

The thing is, this is a marathon.  Sprinting just isn’t sustainable over the long haul.  We all need to pace ourselves.  And that means prioritizing essentials.

This is what your staff is doing.  In this time of social distancing, we are prioritizing keeping you connected to each other.

Your Minister, Director of Religious Exploration, and Office Administrator are all parents.  Those of you who are parents know that parenting during this pandemic takes more time and energy than at other times.  As part of the CARES Act, small employers, those with 50 or less employees, are required to offer twelve weeks of paid leave to those providing caregiving to children.  To balance their responsibilities to UUCT with their parenting responsibilities, your staff is working reduced hours each week.  This allows us to provide additional support to our families while continuing to perform our essential duties at UUCT for your benefit.  In addition, your Music Director has generously chosen this time, beginning in November, to take his sabbatical.  For the three months of that sabbatical a part-time Music Coordinator will be hired to work with me to continue to provide excellent music for our Sunday services.

This is a challenging time for so many of us.  We have adapted and will continue to adapt to meet the changing needs of this time.

I encourage you to pace yourselves.  Ask yourself, what is most essential in my life right now?  Focus your time and energy there.

I feel confident many of us will answer, care and connection.  I encourage you to continue to reach out to each other, to continue to reach out to family and friends, to continue to reach out to those most vulnerable and marginalized in our society, including especially Black and Indigenous people.

I am here for you.  There is nothing more essential to the work I do here at UUCT than providing pastoral support to UUCT members and friends.  Pastoral support means emotional and spiritual support.  So when, not if but when, you find yourself in a rough patch, email me so we can set up a time for you to receive the care and connection you need.

We are here for each other.  And when we are here for each other, what we need is here.  Together, we will make it through this time.  Together, we will thrive and grow.

 

This message published in the September 25, 2020 issue of The Meridian.

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