A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing
A Guide to Pastoral Care and Connection in a Time of Physical Distancing
Elder's lap with folded hands

During challenging times, we need one another more than ever. We are called to hold a hand, give a hug, and other human ways of physically reminding ourselves of our interconnection. But there are times, such as during a pandemic, that human touch needs to be limited.

Physical isolation doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here is a collection of resources to help your members and friends feel connected and cared for.



  • By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe
    If you are a leader or have a strong following, you have great power in this situation to help people navigate it with grace. Using what we know about neurobiology and trauma, here are some pro-tips from a professional in the field of helping communities navigate great change and challenge.
  • By Cecilia Kingman
    Rev. Cecilia Kingman, minister for Faith and Justice at the Edmonds UU Congregation in Edmonds, Washington, reminds us to pace ourselves. This is going to be a long haul, and there is much loss and grieving to come in most of our communities.
  • By
    Emily McKinney, hospice chaplain and music director, shares the pastoral needs of health care providers during this time of coronavirus pandemic.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Physical distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation. Here are some creative ways to provide pastoral care in a time of physical distancing.
  • By Jordinn Nelson Long
    Community, including intimate, deep, and spiritually supportive versions thereof, can be created and sustained in online spaces, including covenant groups, ritual, pastoral care, and community interactions.
  • By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    The emotional, spiritual, and health needs during a time of pandemic are great, and no one congregational leader can handle it all! Here are some tips for expanding and strengthening your pastoral care network.
  • By Beth Casebolt
    In this time of Coronavirus we want to help each other and be supportive. Some of this requires at least being able to exchange stuff. But how to do it safely?
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    The weeks ahead may be particularly hard for you if you are living alone. Here are some reminders as we enter this time of social distancing.
  • By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh
    Questions that help you select good laypeople to be part of your congregation's pastoral care network.

About the Author

  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

For more information contact conglife@uua.org.

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