Care is something other than cure. Cure means “change.” A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker-they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people’s lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am.
When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human.
Our mission at CUC is to” Engage and Embrace ALL as we seek to Embody Christ!” By definition, this means that it is important to all of us as a church community to care for one another, just as Christ cares for each and every one of us!
Our Care Ministry is broad and expands from new born babies to a few beloved centennials, and everyone in between, whether they are members of our church or the community.
To be together with another person when he or she is hurting, suffering, lonely, or broken is truly a gift. The presence of someone who will listen without judgment, offer words of comfort when needed, and hold a hand while offering a prayer, or give a hug when appropriate, are what our pastoral care team believes are at the core of caring for one other.
Some of the regular care needs include prayer requests (collected during all three Sunday worship services); visitations at hospitals, residential facilities, and residential homes; research and advocacy for members who don’t have family, and fewer requests, but still too many, for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.
If you have a Care need that we might be able to help you with, please contact the Director of Congregational care Alice Taum by telephone or e-mail at 440-3007 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you! Alice Taum