In this issue: Puget Sound Worship Collaborative; Covid response; Anti-Racism Ministry and more.
Due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus in our community of Kirkland, WA (currently the epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States), and especially because of the possible risks to the elder members of our community and those with health challenges, we chose not to have an in-person service in our Sanctuary on Sunday, March 8th. Instead, we gathered our Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church congregation on a Zoom teleconference for a virtual service. (Learn about other options at the bottom of this post.) We had 75 devices join the call, and as we counted other people we saw on screen, we think we reached 86 members. (Our average attendance at a typical weekly service is 75 – 95 adults and 20 or so kids.)
This post is to share the technical details of what we did in case other churches or organizations might find it helpful.2
The Appreciative Gesture – Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee, Minister How do we show appreciation? How do we display our support, empathy or excitement, particularly during Sunday morning service when we hear a lovely piece of music, a shared sorrow, inspiring announcement or moving celebration? …0
Driveway Reflections – Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Interim Minister My “snow-gift” was multiple trips to the driveway. Sadly, my tools were limited. I had heard of a snow storm a year, that people would say, “That was our storm!” and that they would be right….0
Building Bridges – Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Interim Minister The Power We Hold in This Faith. I recently heard about the decision to attend a UU Church. One came from a speaker who received “sex ed” in her childhood church that said: “Don’t do it!”…0
This month, we offer an article by Rev. Theresa Soto as food for thought. Her article is especially relevant in this moment. In December, UUA Board of Trustees member Christina Rivera resigned, after a year in which she and her family received threats, most likely…2