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May 23, 2020

A Few Thoughts From Rev. CTC…


My colleague Rev. Erika A. Hewitt serves a 60-member congregation in Maine. She often faces the difficult decision of whether or not to close when the weather is bad.  Maine citizens are tough, independent folks.  When she does close for the safety of her members, they respond with:

“There’s hardly any snow!”
or…
“I can’t possibly clear my driveway!”

Those sixty people look at the same roads with different opinions, and a multiplicity of perspectives.

In her beautiful reflection, The Smallest Biggest Number, she shared the following.  I hope her words illuminate some of the questions our leadership has struggled with, as they carefully make decisions for UUFCC…in this New Normal.

“Most of the leaders I know are being forced to translate that decision-making pressure to an unknown, potentially lethal virus whose patterns we can neither predict nor fully yet understand as it makes its way through a country of nearly 330 million people. It’s no wonder that those leaders are crumbling—not because of overblown fears of COVID-19, but because it’s distressing to make decisions that have vast, nearly unimaginable consequences for the people we love.

Should we ask people to come to work? Should we still hold our event, knowing that participants will receive soul nourishment but risk physical exposure? Should our family take this once-in-a-lifetime trip? Every Should we? is haunted by the Ghost of What We’ll Wish We Had Known.

Ethical Culture Leader Lois Kellerman has said that the smallest number in ethics is two. I believe, moreover, that the most ethically-driven decisions prioritize the most vulnerable members of any given community. Moral decision-making hinges not on the “I” and not even on the interconnected web of “we,” but on the most fragile strands in the web.

As our leaders make tough decisions—terrible by nature, because there are no “good” decisions in the chaotic fear of what looms—our communities are being tested for their tolerance for uncertainty, as well as how much grace they choose to extend towards the leaders making those high-stakes but values-driven decisions.

Our communities—bless them, hold them, keep them—are also beginning to absorb the lonely, painful cost of “social distancing.” If two is the smallest number in ethics, it’s also the smallest seed of certainty; the way not to get lost. Because the ultimate test, when the fear and grief finally give way to clarity, will be knowing ourselves by how well we cared for one another.”

Thank you for these words Erica. Reading them, I saw your congregation in Maine, almost as well as I see my own. It is good to know we are not alone.

Sending Love & Courage,

revcissel@uufcc.com
814.237.7605 ext. 100

May 12, 2020 Update:

Join UUFCC in doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.

  • Based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, UUFCC plans to continue “stay-at-home” services, meetings, and social gatherings through July 31, 2020.
  • We will continue to connect with each other online and by telephone.
  • The UUFCC building remains closed.
  • By June 1, the Board will provide protocols about safe public and UUFCC use of the grounds.

As you know, this is an ever-changing situation. Please look for updates via our website (www.uufcc.com), Facebook (faceboook.com/UUCentreCounty) , email, and phone/voicemail.  We have added the capacity to broadcast time-sensitive announcements by text message.

Please contact the CV Team at cvteam@uufcc.com any time you have information, questions or ideas to share.


March 25, 2020 Update:

Join UUFCC in doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.

  • Based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, UUFCC plans to continue “stay-at-home” services, meetings, and social gatherings through May 17, 2020.
  • We will continue to connect with each other online and by telephone.
  • The UUFCC building remains closed.

As you know, this is an ever-changing situation. Please look for updates via our website (www.uufcc.com), Facebook (faceboook.com/UUCentreCounty) , email, and phone/voicemail.  We have added the capacity to broadcast time-sensitive announcements by text message.

Please contact the CV Team at cvteam@uufcc.com any time you have information, questions or ideas to share.

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