“When you tell your story, you no longer have to carry your burden alone.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The care of the Westside community is at the heart of the congregation’s mission. We are invested in the spiritual health and development of every member of this community, and know that this is one of the most important ways in which we build community.
Our congregational community provides care for each other through our Pastoral Care program, which supplements the natural network of family and friendship at Westside. The roles in providing pastoral care are shared between the minister, whose role includes pastoral counseling and spiritual presence, and the members of the congregation who create the beloved community of support through their caring actions.
For those who have lost a loved one, our Minister, Rev. Christopher Wulff, is available to create Memorial Services and Celebrations of Life with families, while the memorial services coordinator supports the family of the deceased with service arrangements, helping to ease the way in their time of loss.
Pastoral counseling and visits by a minister are available upon request. Specially trained Lay Pastoral Care Associates, under the guidance of the minister, extend our ability to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges.
Lay Pastoral Care
This ministerial program provides a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Lay Pastoral Care is the being arm of pastoral care at WSUU, providing an extension of Rev. Christopher’s own pastoral care presence. Lay Pastoral Associates (LPA’s) at Westside work alongside the Minister to provide the church community with a confidential and compassionate listening presence as members encounter challenges such as illness, a major medical event, grief or loss, personal relationship or work-related transitions, caregiving obligations or other life issues that leave them feeling alone, overwhelmed or needing assistance with discernment. To request pastoral support, or to speak with Rev. Christopher, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LPA’s are chosen by the minister, receive special training and work closely with the minister to ensure continuity of pastoral care. If you are interested in becoming part of the team of Lay Pastoral Associates, please contact email@example.com.
Westside UU Lay Pastoral Associates’ Covenant
We, the Lay Pastoral Associates of Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, covenant to offer compassionate, caring and confidential support to our members and friends by listening, accepting, and being fully present.