March 31, 2020
Tuesday’s news about the magnitude of anticipated loss of life in this country sent me into a funk. (Apologies to those with whom I was on my last Zoom call for the day.) I’ve heard that the peak here in Boulder County is anticipated to be about two weeks from now. And, of course, there is so much uncertainty about that, so much we can not control about the path of this epidemic.
For some, like those who watched their friends die in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, this time may bring us back to other traumatic times. For others, personal losses may be revisited. And still for others, real fears for your personal health and well-being may arise, especially if you are still required to go out into the world on a regular basis.
Keeping your own center in the midst of this is challenging. Be sure to take plenty of time for rest and quiet reflection. In this quiet time, use art, long walks, journalling, gardening, movement or sitting meditation to see what comes up. And don’t push it away. Binge-watching Friends or baking up a storm are only temporary salves. As are the distractions of over-working or over-serving others. But by all means, do indulge in those distractions that bring you ease and a sense of purpose. Know, however, that your own discomfort only amplifies when you repeatedly push it away. Learning to stay with uncomfortable feelings that arise strengthens our capacity to respond with compassion to whatever life brings us. Be gentle with yourself, and remind yourself regularly that whatever you are feeling is fine, and impermanent. It too, will pass.
Beloveds, we are going through this together, and we have each other for support.
“Reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in”
Marge Piercy, the Seven of Pentacles (still running through my head)
Connecting via Zoom
We understand finding one’s way into a “Zoom Room” can be challenging and we are trying to minimize the confusion.
All Fellowship Sunday Services can be found at: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/7202728284
or call in at: 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 720 272 8284
There is also a link on the home page of the Fellowship website.
Meetings with me will also be on this same Zoom link.
All School of the Spirit events can be found at: https://zoom.us/j/552956886
Zoom links for any Fellowship meetings will be made available on our calendar, found here: Fellowship google calendar.
Sunday Services on Zoom are our primary way to gather the whole community together. They will continue to be held at 12:30 p.m., with School of the Spirit Zoom class at 11:45 a.m.
For the coming weeks, we will be grounding ourselves in the Five Jagged Rocks of Unitarian Universalism. Each Sunday, we will focus on one aspect of our theology and how it can provide strongholds during these uncertain times.
April 5: Courageous Love Transforms the World (UUSC Sunday) — Rev. Lydia, Rev. Catharine Harris and Pete Wernick, service associate
April 12: Salvation in This Life: EASTER Reinterpreted Rev. Lydia and Karin Griglak
April 19: All Souls are Sacred and Worthy Eric Williams and Irene Faivre, service associates
April 26: Truth Continues to be Revealed Rev. Lydia and Irene Faivre, service associate
Each week, I’ll open my Zoom Room for anyone who wants to hang out. (Zoom office hours!) Here’s my office hours schedule for the next couple of weeks:
- Thursday, April 2, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 8, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
- Thurs. April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon
- Tues. April 14 , from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Playshop moves to Zoom! Yes, you CAN do Interplay online. I’ve been zooming in Interplay communities for years. Join me on Saturday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on my Zoom Room. We’ll share and move and connect body and spirit in the midst of this great worldwide pandemic. All are welcome!
Poetry Night: Second Thursdays in April, May and June. Join Rev. Lydia on Thursday, April 9th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a contemplative evening of sharing using poetry. Rev. Lydia will provide a poem for us to dive into. There will be time for personal journaling or drawing, followed by small group sharing. (These events used to be called “Deepening the Conversation,” and is based on the work of Parker Palmer)
Please remember that we have extended our pledge drive, and are still waiting to hear from about 35 members and friends. Keep an eye out for an announcement about upcoming pledge drive news.
If the economic fallout of the coronavirus has already impacted you, please do let me know. In addition to my minister’s discretionary fund, I am learning about other sources of economic support available.
Caring and Being Cared for
Caring needs are likely to increase as we hit the peak of this virus and social isolation and the global economic crisis impact our most vulnerable populations. If you would like to be a part of our growing caring network, email the Neighborhood Connector Coordinators, Sharon Hardin and Sheri Price. If you would like support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
See after my signature for recommended online resources for up-to-date information, and for important information communicated in my last letter.
May we continue to bring love, reason, compassion and justice into the world, no matter how we gather,
on behalf of the COVID-19 Preparedness team
- Carol Pranschke, Office Manager;
- Jessica Laikeman, Director Lifespan Faith Formation;
- Marky Lloyd, Board President;
- Deborah Mensch, A/V;
- Nancy DiLaura, Vice President;
- Karen Axe, Health Information Task Force;
- Judy Schmidt, Health Information Task Force;
- Constance Holden, Caring Council; and
- Janet Meyer, Communication and Personnel
Recommended links for online, reputable sources for more information:
Please use reputable websites for accurate information including the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDHPE), and your county health department. These websites often link to other sites they have vetted and consider accurate.
You can expect to receive weekly information from me in these forms:
- an email communication with this same title from me on Wednesdays
- a link on Connections Weekly on Fridays, and
- an update on Sundays, no matter how we gather
- these will be linked to Facebook etc.