There are times we need more than a hug from a friend, and in a congregation our size, it is not always possible for the minister to provide a pastoral care presence for every congregant in need.

Lay Pastoral Care is a ministry of being present and listening, rather than counseling, doing, or fixing. Specially trained Lay Pastoral Care Associates, under the guidance of Rev. Christine Dance, extend our ability to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges.

Lay Pastoral Care Associates:

  • Listen deeply
  • Respect you, care about you, and value what you confide
  • Support you in finding your own answers
  • Honor your privacy and confidentiality
  • Provide a compassionate and confidential space

They assist Rev. Dance during times of:

  • Extended illness or hospitalization
  • Stress
  • Loss or life transition
  • At other times, to extend the being arm of our caring ministry to congregants

Requesting Help

To request pastoral care, email minister@phoenixuu.org.

Volunteering

Our pastoral ministry is seeking compassionate listeners who are interested in joining this team. UUCP members interested in becoming LPC Associates will be asked to complete an application. This document provides information about the group’s mission and activities, how often it meets, and what the group expects of its members: Lay Pastoral Care Associates. If you have questions, or are interested in applying to be a UUCP Lay Pastoral Care Associate, please email our UUCP LPCA coordinator, Victoria Myers, at lpca@phoenixuu.org.