Dear Beloveds,

It has been a few days since I wrote you about our decision to suspend all in person programs of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing. I know that this is a great disappointment for all. Tomorrow was to be our much anticipated Youth led worship. I am so saddened that we will not have the opportunity to worship with the youth of UU Lansing tomorrow. The youth have been assured that when we can return to being together on Sunday morning they will have priority for when their worship is rescheduled.

The anxiety that has come with this public health emergency is palpable. I am hoping that each one of us finds just a little space to touch the ground of our being. A spiritual practice can be comforting in difficult times.

I have posted below the most recent information about Worship, Joys and Sorrows, and Pastoral Care.

You can view this Sunday’s worship service anytime on our website.

blessings,

Rev. Neal
Join us for worship tomorrow morning via our website.

It will also be posted on our Facebook page.

If you would like to post a Joy or Sorrow on our website page please fill out this form.

Go here to view congregants’ joys or sorrows on our website.

If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church at 517-351-4081 ext. 102 to leave a message on our Pastoral Care Hotline, which is monitored, or e-mail Rev. Neal at revneal@uulansing.org


A Message from the Rev. Neal Anderson

March 11, 2020

Dear Beloveds,

It is with a sense of sadness, abiding hope, and a heart full of love for our Beloved Community that I write you today. With the support of the Board and the staff of UU Lansing, we are suspending all in-person programs of our religious community until at least April 13 (this includes Sunday morning worship, RE, Adult RE, Circle Suppers, Community Circles, Mapping Our Future Together, Chris Crass Weekend, Music Program, and all other UU Lansing programs). The Board, Senior Minister, and staff will reassess the situation at this time and inform the congregation of further action.

I invite all of us to be part of “flattening the curve” and suspend all of our in-person gatherings whether at UU Lansing or at other locations.

It is during these times of deep concern and high anxiety that we need each other most. And yet the current public health emergency necessitates us to be physically separated for the time being.

We know that our religious community is not just a building but the abiding promises that we make to each other to care and support each other on our journeys and the values we incarnate together. I with the staff and program leaders are working to create ways that we can stay proximate without being physically together. We will be letting you know soon various ways we can gather “virtually.” Watch for ways our committees, teams, and ministries can meet remotely.

In the recent Mapping Our Further Together gatherings, we have begun to answer the question together, “What does it mean to be a community with courageous, vulnerable, loving relationships and where could that take us in the future?” Our experience as a religious community in responding to the current public health emergency will certainly inform these conversations into the future.

The staff and I will continue to work from our offices and/or home through this time as we continue our ministries of administration, communication, engagement, religious education, pastoral care, worship, and serving the mission of UU Lansing. We are all working on how to adapt our ministries to the current reality. We will still be available via e-mail and phone during our individualized work hours.

I also invite all of us to be gentle through this time. May we be gentle in our e-mails, gentle in our interactions on social media, and especially, especially gentle with each other.

This is another opportunity to practice supporting the institutions, like the church, that are necessary in these times.

Please, please take care of yourself and each other now, so that we may take care of each other in the future.

blessings,

Rev. Neal

P.S. If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the church at 517-351-4081 ext. 102 to leave a message on our Pastoral Care line, which is monitored, or e-mail me at revneal@uulansing.org