Somehow, it seems so appropriate and fitting for such a time as this time of the coronavirus pandemic. I trust you, like me, are heeding the “Safer at Home” orders and limiting nonessential movement in the communities where you live. We know how critical this is to be able to “flatten the curve” and to practice community care, so we have a fighting chance to the scope of suffering and demands on our health systems.
This is a time when we are having to adjust our thinking and expectations about what life should be, what is normal, and what life in the future may look like. Some are playing with our use of language, replacing “social distancing” with “physical distancing and social closening.” We are learning new ways of still being a community of love, hope and memory … remotely. And, we are building the road even as we travel it.
It’s a time to practice patience and generosity of spirit. Show patience and generosity towards others, those in close quarters, underfoot or at a distance. Show patience and generosity towards yourselves. And, like every disciplined practice, come back to it and practice it again, repeatedly.
To keep with our customary practice of gathering for Sunday Services and times of fellowship, I encourage you to attend one of the many UU services offered online. Look for my suggested options each week which I will post to the website and in the newsletter. Then, please do drop-in to our own virtual social hour each Sunday at 11:30am by Zoom video conference or telephone. Reach out to me beforehand if you need help using Zoom and want some coaching in real time!
This coming week, I am reserving time and virtual space to connect via Zoom: (contact me for the log-in details)
- Tuesday, from 3-5pm, for drop-in office hours. Come for a few minutes or more, whatever fits your schedule!
- Thursday evening, from 6-7:30pm, the usual meeting time of the Journey Group. Come, let’s discuss the possibility of moving group gatherings online.
Even though our on-site services and activities at Fourth UU are suspended temporarily, so many aspects of congregational life continue by necessity. I encourage you to be mindful of your usual and ongoing commitments and not let “out of sight, out of mind” become your mantra! I am happy to make my Zoom pro room available to any committee or team at Fourth UU that wants to hold a meeting remotely. Reach out to me so we can coordinate the scheduling.
And, thank you for staying in touch with me … it is helpful to receive your emails, texts, and phones calls. As always, please reach out and let me know if you or someone in your household is or becomes sick and could use practical assistance in any way.
We will get through this together.
Practice “social closening.”
For a time such as this.
With blessings for the journey,