Special Letter from the Minister - 3/13/2020
Dear Beloved Friends and Members of UUCLC,
After conversations with leadership and under recommendation by the UUA, we are canceling services beginning this Sunday, March 15th. At this time, the plan is remain closed for the month, however, we are monitoring the situation daily and will make adjustments as needed.
I know this can seem scary. Anxieties are high right now, especially in those people who have compromised health. Please know that this decision was made in an effort to help protect every one of you and those in your circles. Taking this time off from community events allows our health care system to catch up to what may be coming. The experts are asking us to “flatten the curve” and that’s what we’re doing by this decision.
Please take care of yourselves during this time. I know that for many our time together on Sundays is an important community time. Now is the time to reach out in various ways to your friends and fellow congregants. Send an email, letter or card, or make a phone call to check in. For spiritual feeding, the Church of the Larger Fellowship is available to all of us. It is the largest UU congregation and is solely online. You can find them here:
I will still have office hours available, but they will be virtual only. You can still use calendly.com/revtracie to make an appointment to chat with me either through video chat on Zoom or via phone call. You can also always reach me via email during office hours.
Committee chairs who wish to utilize Zoom to meet virtually, please contact me and I can set up a room for you on my account. I do ask for as much notice as you can give so I can schedule accordingly.
Breathe, wash your hands, take care of yourselves as you need to physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Know that I am praying for each and every one of you and for your health. I am here if you need me.
We will get through this, beloveds. While this time may seem like community breaking, on the other hand, it is true community building as we look out for each other and keep each other safe. Leadership and I are in constant communication and will let you know as things may change.
With hope and love,
Monthly Message – March 2020
As many of you know now, after much thought and discernment, I have decided to complete my ministry here at the end of this contract year. I have been so impressed and awed by the work we have completed in the past three years together. I have every faith that you will continue to grow and thrive in your future.
I know this time ahead can seem scary. Please know that the Board of Trustees and the Committee on Shared Ministry are already working on the next steps with the Southern Region of the UUA. There is a process that will be followed in conjunction with the best practices of the UUA. The Committee on Shared Ministry will be having multiple conversations with the congregation as a whole as the process moves forward.
If you have any questions about the process as we go, please contact any member on the Committee: Egor Emery, Chris Higgins, and Carl Skiles. My door is also open if you want to talk about this transition.
I know the goodbye process is hard. I know this will be a long goodbye. However, until the end of June I am still here for you as your minister. I will still preach twice a month and will still be in the office and available for appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
~ Rev. Tracie