Join Us on the Journey!
In person worship services
are currently suspended, but we are live on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM EDT on the
May’s theme for our Sunday worship, Religious Exploration, and Chalice Circles, is “Thresholds,” that place of being in-between; of being ready to take steps out into the world or retreating inward; a place of transition or change.
If you’re searching for a spiritual home where people honor each other’s beliefs and yet worship together as one community of faith, we invite you to join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples!
Grounded in a rich liberal religious tradition that honors the worth and dignity of all people and our place within the interdependent web of existence, we choose to live our faith in the world, believing that all are called to help shape a more just and compassionate society.
“We are a welcoming congregation freely seeking intellectual and spiritual growth. We strive to create a larger community of peace, justice and love.”
On this Memorial Day Sunday, we will be honoring the lives of those whose legacy is one of service. We would like to call the roll of members and friends who have served in the armed forces and we would like to name members and associated family members who are serving on the frontlines of healthcare during the pandemic.
For Folks who come to UUCGN mostly for Coffee Hour:
You are invited to join our UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour group on Facebook. We’ve set up this site for chatting anytime, not just for after the service. The UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour is open 24 hours a day so you can feel free to visit whenever you want to share a thought or express your angst during this crazy time. This is a closed group for UUCGN members and friends only (You do need to be a Facebook subscriber to join.)
Here’s how you join:
1. Go to your Facebook page and in the search window, type: UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour
2. When you get to the page you will have to find the “Join this Group” button and click on it.
3. Wait. A moderator will see your request and accept you as a member or friend of UUCGN and that’s it! Once you receive notice that you have been accepted, start posting!
UUCGN in-person worship services and other programs
are suspended until further notice
Our UUCGN Board of Trustees voted to suspend in-person worship services immediately and to limit other gatherings at our congregation’s facilities until further notice, but at a minimum until the end of March. This includes the Forum, Inquirer’s Series, Spiritual Practices, and the Youth Religious Exploration activities. We will be offering online worship services beginning this Sunday and Mary will offer connecting points for our R.E. students and families.
The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been a growing concern, occupying much of the news and filling many of our thoughts and conversations. Many of you have already let me know that you are choosing to self-isolate, staying out of harm’s way as much as possible. Given the responsibility to protect the safety of the entire congregation, the Board and staff agree that an immediate and pro-active approach is called for and that limiting potential contact is the prudent thing to do.
We have already begun to explore ways to keep everyone connected and will gratefully accept your suggestions. As mentioned, we will offer Sunday morning services on-line, either in real time or recorded and posted same day, and we will provide easy instructions for you to access those broadcasts (much more on that before this Sunday!). We are looking at establishing phone trees and small group gatherings via conference calls or face-to-face “Zoom” meetings over the internet. We hope that many of you will connect on social media chat rooms and, much as we did during hurricane Irma, we will create a private Facebook page where we can do that and gather as a community to share tips on binge-watching good TV shows or on how to handle food deliveries!
Some small group meetings of the congregation will be allowed to gather in person with clear guidelines for the safety of all involved and with virtual access available for those who can’t or choose not to be there (much more on that and information on our annual meeting scheduled for Sunday the 29th in our next communication).
We really want to know what we can do to support you during this difficult time and would gratefully accept your ideas for sustaining the warmth of our great UUCGN community. Can we assist you in communicating your status with others or getting up to speed on the internet? Would having a phone buddy, or maybe two or three, help you feel connected? What could you offer the community in this unusual time of our lives here on planet earth?
As usual, we strongly suggest that you stay informed and up to date by seeking the most accurate sources of information like the Center for Disease Control or the Florida Department of Health. We also join together in sending our good thoughts and appreciation for the people on the front lines of this pandemic and our love and best wishes to those who have been affected directly by the virus.