Caring Community

Caring Community - Unitarian Universalist Church of Akro

Caring Community

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron is a caring community. Journeying alongside people through the joys and sorrows of their lives is at the heart of who we are as a faith community. We are here to listen, to offer support, and to be a loving presence in the lives of our members and friends.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care in our community is a shared ministry between our minister and the lay pastoral care team, known as the Pastoral Associates. Our pastoral caregivers visit members who are hospitalized, in nursing homes or other forms of residential care, and home-bound due to illness, infirmity, or age. We are also available at church on Sunday mornings, during the week, and by telephone for pastoral conversation and support.

If you would like to learn more about pastoral care in our congregation or are in need of pastoral care, please contact our minister, Rev. Tim Temerson or Mary Ann Ballinger by phone at (330) 836-2206 or by email.

Mental Health Ministry

As part of our mission to be a "welcoming and loving community for all," the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron has established a mental health ministry. The purpose of our mental health ministry is to raise awareness and provide support to those whose lives have been touched by mental illness through education, advocacy, and community.

As part of our mental health ministry, we offer regular educational programs about issues relating to mental health disorders. Prior programs have included a presentation by the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and a workshop on suicide prevention. Future programs will include a presentation on mental health disorders and the elderly, another workshop focusing on children, and a panel discussion on families living with mental health disorders. These programs are free and open to the public.

Our mental health ministry also includes a support group for church members whose lives have been touched by mental health disorders. We also put a team of walkers together to participate in the annual walk to support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

If you would like to learn more about our mental health ministry, please contact Pam Garn Nunn

Grief Group

At the Unitarian Unviersalist Church of Akron, we seek to offer love and support in times of loss and grief. Grief can take many forms and while we do not believe that there is only one way to grieve, we do feel strongly that those experiencing grief should not have to grieve alone.

On the 1st Monday of every month, the UUCA Grief Group meets at the church. The Grief Group provides a safe and loving space where people can share their feelings and experiences of loss. While the group does not seek to provide advice or counseling, it does offer a listening ear and a loving heart.

If you are interested in attending a meeting of the UUCA Grief Group, please contact Pam Garn Nunn prior to attending your first meeting.

 

Caring Committee

An essential part of our church community is the love and care we provide to each other in times of difficulty and challenge. Helping a member of our community who is in need of a hot meal, a ride to a medical appointment, or a card of sympathy or support is the mission of the UUCA Caring Committee.

The Caring Committee (Susan Shah, Chair) recruits volunteers from our church community who are able to prepare a hot meal or provide a ride to a medical appointment. When a need in our community arises, the Caring Committee matches a volunteer with the person or family in need. If you are interested in volunteering to provide a hot meal or a ride, please contact our coordinator of hot meals, Kelly Urbano, or our Ride Share coordinator, Susan Davis, through the church office.

The Caring Committee also connects our community together through weekly cards of sympathy and support. When someone in our church community experiences loss or illness, the Caring Committee puts a card of sympathy and support out for church members to sign on Sunday mornings.

If you would like to learn more about the Caring Committee, please contact Rev. Tim Temerson or the church office.

Nursing & Health Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron recognizes that physical well being is an essential aspect of our spiritual lives. Led by lay members of our congregation with medical and nursing training, UUCA offers monthly blood pressure screenings as well as information about issues and concerns related to health and well being.

Please contact the church office to learn more about our nursing and health ministry.

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