I have been thinking about all of you so much this week. It was wonderful to see so many people at our first on-line worship service last Sunday. We are a strong, caring community. I am so glad we have each other so we can navigate what lies ahead together.
Although we are each staying close to home, I want to help you stay connected with each other. Listed below are some ways you can stay in touch with UUCWC virtually. (We have congregants who are offering one on one tutorials for those who are new to Zoom. Please let me know if you want me to connect you with a tutor.)
If you want to gather with people and not talk about COVID-19, I recommend an adult learning class via zoom. The Adult Learning Committee will be offering modified weekly chalice circles, a book discussion on An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People and Coming into Connection (explore deep questions with an assigned partner) in the coming weeks. See https://www.uucwc.org/learning/adult-learning-classes/ for more information.
If you participate in a small group ministry, a ROMEOs group, or any other gathering with UUCWC people, I hope you are making arrangements to meet virtually and perhaps more often.
For families, I’ll be having weekly children’s chapels and weekly parent check-ins on zoom. In the future, I will have more targeted offerings for children and youth.
A few years ago, I was reading the blog of a well-known Christian church consultant and she was asked, “Where is the church going to be in 50 years?” Her answer was succinct, “On the internet.” I’m not sure if what she says is true, but I do know that COVID-19 has thrust us into being an online church community. As UUCWC continues to experiment with programs, groups and worship services online, I expect that when COVID-19 is under control and we are back to meeting face-to-face, some of what we are developing will continue to be offered. UUCWC and our message will be more accessible to more people.