We'll be using the video-conferencing platform Zoom to conduct meetings and,
for the first time March 29th, a virtual Sunday Service and coffee hour.
Today, Friday and Saturday at 11 am you can join a Zoom learning session with volunteers Kris Baucom and Rachel Walman, who'll guide you through the simple tools of the platform.
Click these links to attend each learning session:
If you want to speak with Kris or Rachel on the phone first please send your name and phone# to email@example.com
Thursday at 11 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/748718412
You can also watch video tutorials here:
YouTube (opens with an ad that you can skip after a few seconds)
Rev Susan Karlson preaching
The Years of Living Generously
Originally, this title popped in my head, riffing off our stewardship campaign theme and the movie title (My Year of Living Dangerously). Now in the era of COVID-19, the two have woven together in my head and heart. This Sunday we will explore the spiritual value of generosity in uncertain times where people are scared and toilet paper is a hoarded commodity. Recent zoom calls convince me that we need each other more than ever and we need to feel that our lives and our gifts have meaning as well. Please join us this Sunday for the Years of Living Generously.
in-person services are suspended temporarily
Watch your inbox for a more specific announcement about the Sunday Service
and copy of the Order of Service.
Twice Weekly Virtual Pastoral Calls with Rev Susan
In response to our need to be emotionally and socially close Rev. Susan invites you to a virtual pastoral care session where we can subvert the recommendation to be physically distant. These sudden changes to which we’re adapting are stressful and many of us are feeling strongly about them. Uncertainty is one of the most challenging of states of mind. Yet, none of us are really alone.
Join on Thursday, March 26th, at 2:00 pm
via this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/983654955
Rev. Susan’s Weekly Pastoral Message
I write to you with a heart filled with love and care. I have heard stories about how many of you and those you love are weathering this time that is fraught with a mixture of chaos, confusion, uncertainty, joy, deep listening, and finding purpose and meaning in your lives. I hear how some of you have family members impacted by the virus. Some of you are feeling ok, not minimizing the pain and suffering of others but finding time to just be at home or take a walk or work in the garden--”an introvert’s paradise” as one member described it.
As with any experience, we as a faith community are going to experience this shelter in place in various ways. We each are trying to maintain our safety and health while concerned about others and their well-being. As I said in my sermon last week, we can be physically distant without being distant from one another. This past week, we initiated a number of zoom virtual conferencing calls. Zoom is such a positive way for us to be with one another. We held our first zoom pastoral care call on Tuesday and our second will take place this afternoon. So much good happened on that first call! People checked in with how they were doing and found out resources and hope from others on the call. I am seeing how ironically we are able to be with one another in deeper ways than before. I think there are a number of ways to touch in that we didn’t have access to before. I know that previous generations did not have these technological resources that can bind us together even when we are physically missing seeing and being with one another in person. Our zoom pastoral care calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be weekly times we can meet. I will be there for anyone who wants to show up. I also urge you to let me know if those pastoral care call times or days don’t work and I will schedule other meetings. Zoom covenant groups will begin in April so the small group ministry that is thriving in this church will go on much as before. As well, please know that you can talk to me privately by phone, e mail, text or zoom. Everything does not have to be in a group. Privacy and confidentiality necessitate private individual times too.
Finally, we will be starting our zoom worship this Sunday which I am very excited about. During this Sunday, you will actually be able to see one another and extend it into a zoom coffee hour shortly after the service. Colleagues tell me that it has been so important for people to be able to see each other face to face. You can also call in and just be on the audio call. Families can be together which I am really looking forward to seeing. You can show up in your pajamas and not worry about spilling your coffee in the sanctuary!
We will have live music from Kelly and others straight from the comfort of their homes. Much of this call will follow our usual format for worship and in the weeks to come, our zoom worship will include our Worship Associates and Storytellers again.
This is a long missive to you but I want to let you know that we will come through this, stronger, more resilient, robust, loving and caring. I am so eager to be with you all in the countless ways we now are in touch.
Days off--Mondays and Tuesdays
Office hours--3:00 - 6:00 pm Wednesdays
Your minister is always available in the event of emergencies or crisis when you need to speak with her.
Rev Susan Karlson preaching
Seeking Part-Time Director of Religious Education
Members share their experience
Mr Rogers said, "Look for the helpers."
I woke up this morning with a sense of fear. I fear I will die during this virus pandemic then I figure if I am going to die soon might as well do something to help other people. That is why I decided to join the Pastoral Call.
Persevering through home QuarantineRobert Pawlicki
My wife and I are in our 50th day of self-quarantine – sort of. Not big-time quarantine in a hospital or isolation in one room of our home. Closer to what most Americans are now experiencing, staying at home except for doctor visits and carefully orchestrated food purchases.
I contracted the flu the first week of February, confirmed by a lab test, and required bed rest and home stay. Within two weeks, my flu evolved into pneumonia, confirmed by an X-ray. Now seven weeks out, some of the pneumonia cough continues and my energy level isn’t back to normal. The pneumonia still appears well on the road to recovery, but I’m vulnerable to other illnesses at this point and now the coronavirus looms. Our self-imposed isolation continues. So what have we learned in our trek? Here’s our experience.
We greatly increased our non-physical social contacts. Telephone, FaceTime and Skype, emails and text to family, friends, neighbors, organizations. To people we haven’t reached out to for years. To relatives in other countries. We’ve listened carefully to their situations.
Expanding our social world has filled in a portion of our newly available time. Many of us regularly curse technology. Right now it’s been a life-saver in facilitating contacts. Ironically, we found this time of stress to be an opportunity to deepen relationships, including with each other.
We use newly available services such as home delivery of meals. We order groceries online and have them loaded into our trunk without getting out of the car. In each case we use hand wipes on all the food coming into the house and with any item contacted. We conscientiously wash our hands thoroughly after unloading. To some, this may seem overly careful, but we don’t see much room for error here.
Over time, we noticed items we initially overlooked in our self-imposed restrictions, such as the newspaper, mail, or food brought to our home by generous friends. Perhaps in the unlikely category of carrying contagion, we now alcohol-based wipe every item entering our home and then wash our hands, once again.
We are conscientiously social distancing, but we’re attempting to be creative. Our next-door neighbors recently visited us, bringing their own chairs, bottle of wine and glasses and sat in our yard while we stayed on the porch. We had a wonderful, laugh-filled, time.
We individually have alone time during the day. We each own our emotional state but care for each other. My wife has signed up for an online course. As my strength improves, I’m spending small, but increasing time working in the yard, something I find relaxing and calming. I write. We both set aside time to do home exercise. We schedule daily drives in the car in order to get out of the house. We’re more sensitive to those we’re dealing with on the phone, knowing that they, too, are under increased stress.
Beyond the cleanliness and general activity, the most important element of self-imposed confinement is our social interaction. An important piece of background information is in order. We like to spend time together – not this much time, of course. Still this lockdown has been a test. We’re attentive to feelings, stress and irritability. Tolerance, kindness and sensitivity are more in our thoughts. On the rare occasions of snippiness, we catch ourselves quickly, alert to the unusual situation we are experiencing.
We believe our mutual physical and mental health is critical. It is even more crucial to those who do not begin with love and respect, those who may, under normal circumstances, have fractious or tense relationships. If you’re in that category, it’s time to up your own ante of goodness, kindness and tolerance.
Each of us needs to customize our social distancing. But it seems good advice that reaching out to loved ones and friends is critical as is an increase in social consciousness.
By all scientific information we have a long battle in front of us. I guess it can’t be said too often, we are in this together – all humanity.
Social Justice and Action
Contact: Jim Rosch at 518-232-1005
Rahn Hall is still improving!
Bill Rolfes reclaimed materials from the demolition and built this clutter-killing cabinet for our 'engage and connect' concierge corner. Watch as Marc Coulombe demonstrates its funcionality! For reasons unexplained, this video only plays on mobile devices. (We're going to replace our webhost soon!)
Covenant Groups - Soul Matters
Join one today - Now meeting via videoconference.
Please consider joining a Covenant Group as a way to ameliorate the physical distancing that we've so suddenly adopted. This doesn't have to be a time of social distancing. Connect and discuss with others monthly.
WRUU 107.5 FM Community Radio
Listening is a good thing to do if you're home for a while.
Rahn Hall (Virtual) Art Gallery now showing
the photography of Gordon Webb
since we can't all gather for a while
Gordon has a web-based gallery, too:
Notice to All Artists ! Have you ever wanted to have your artwork on display for the public to appreciate? Would you like to help beautify our wonderful new Rahn Hall?
The Rahn Hall UUCS Art Gallery is now accepting submissions for works to be shown on the walls of Rahn Hall!
A Snapshot of our UUCS Congregation in Four Parts
Joel Matulys, Board Member
See all parts of the Snapshot here.
Joel painstakingly summarized all of the responses to our survey of last summer in a five-page document that will guide decision-making over the next year.
Another Way to Painlessly Support UUCS
Did you know that when you shop via Amazon that there are two ways to support the church?
Amazon account holders can choose to use Amazon Smile to designate the "Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah" as the recipient of a small portion of each purchase (remember to save an Amazon Smile bookmark (smile.amazon.com)). You can also simply link through to Amazon via the text at the top of the right column on our website home page and when you order UUCS then also receives a small portion.