IS UFP CLOSED? Never!

The Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough is a community of open minds, open hearts, and open hands.

Even though our building and offices are physically closed, we are very much open. Our staff are primarily working from home and are still available to serve you.

Join us for regular on-line Sunday services and other virtual gatherings, posted here on the website, in our weekly e-news, and on our Facebook page.

And please reach out to Rev. Julie if you’d like to talk or need some support. 705-933-3746 text/call.

Stay home, stay well, but stay connected!

Social Proximity while Physically Distant

Every day, things are changing and we’re adapting to new recommendations and restrictions for our communal life. What we plan today, will likely change tomorrow, but for now, here’s the plan. 
 
We’re using Zoom technology for worship, meetings and even for family/children to connect. There’ll be many invitations to join one another on-line to talk, cry, laugh, and commiserate. We want to help you get comfortable with Zoom, and are offering a training/orientation session tomorrow, Saturday, March 21, at 1pm. Come to that session by clicking on this link. (If you don’t have zoom on your device already, it will take a few minutes to download.) And if you need help, but can’t attend Saturday, contact Rev. Julie
 
In the interest of ‘seeing’ and ‘touching’ one another as best we can, our Facebook Group has been re-vitalized. If you’re on Facebook, and want to have a place to interact informally with the UFP Community, send Rev. Julie a message, either through Facebook or by email, and we’ll get you connected. 
 
And, we’ve added a section on our website for ‘latest updates’. Rather than inundating you with emails, you can check there for any new messages or updates. The Flame will continue to provide an overview of all things UFP on a weekly basis. 
 
This is not a time for being brave or self-sufficient. If you’re lonely, if you need anything delivered, if your bank account is running low, if you need help with childcare…whatever…please make your needs known to Rev. Julie or Martha Comfort. We’re here for you. 

Oh My People!

Ahhhh…deep breath…I’m back with my people!

I know, it’s a tad early, but given the circumstances, and after consulting with UFP’s leadership, I decided I just couldn’t stay away any longer. Home, with you, is where I need to be.

It goes without saying that these are unusual and trying times. We’re being asked to keep our distance from one another when we most need to connect. The very ground beneath us is shifting, requiring us to be nimble and responsive. Anxiety and fear have become our bedfellows.

But, our UFP community was built for times like these, right? We have a covenant with one another, already priming us to see our world through the lenses of healing, helping and blessing. We have promised to care for the earth, to serve humanity, and to cherish one another. We’ve already built a community grounded in love. The months ahead are gonna be tough, for sure, but we’ve got each other.

Recommended responses and best practices for these times are changing by the moment. I’ll be focusing my time in the near future on finding safe ways for us to connect, meaningful ways to support one another, and resilience-building resources for our collective and individual spiritual sustenance. I welcome your ideas, as well as your requests for support!

Right now, I am simply here to serve you. I’d like to hear how you’re doing…and especially want to know if you’re facing financial, physical, or logistical stressors.

I do not return to a ‘messy house.’ Far from it. I am not at all surprised at how you led and participated and carried on SO VERY WELL in my absence (see Jovanna’s Feb 28 report.) I am especially in awe of those who worked so hard to create and deliver our first-ever on-line Sunday service on March 15. Your competence and your dedication to this community inspire me. And I am grateful, so very grateful.

Yes. It feels good to be back. A sabbatical report will come soon, as will invitations to connect with, give to, and receive from one another, because even as uncertainty and isolation wreak havoc, we are called to remember that the best way to travel is together, with songs in our hearts. Indeed, we have each other.

Oh, my people, I love you,
Rev. Julie

PS: Here’s a poem for these times.

Nothing is Static    ~ Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti

The ground shifts, sometimes slowly,
sometimes like an earthquake,
reminding us that the solidity
we often love and seek
is an illusion.

The crumbling dust of the desert plains,
the moist fertility of farmlands,
the ending coastline of tidal shores,
all are changing.

Committees dissolve or are created,
leaders retire or step away,
ministers come and go,
by-laws are amended.

New experiences
lead to new truths,
which foster
evolution;

the natural course of life
always pushing us
toward greater understandings
of what it means
to be human.

Everything about our existence
points toward change,
flexibility,
and dynamic re-creation.
And it’s hard because
change involves loss.

Can we hold the losses well,
while not holding ourselves back?

The ground shifts, sometimes slowly,
sometimes like an earthquake;
nothing is static.

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