I recall with deep gratitude the times that a friend truly listened to me. Those experiences make me feel loved and accepted. When someone holds space for me while I process challenging life situations, I feel like I matter in all my complexity and vulnerability. I am a firm believer that listening helps create trust in the community.

Do you enjoy listening to someone tell you about their life? Can you simply be present to someone going through a hard time without giving advice or trying to fix them? Are you aware of cultural differences and open to connecting across difference? If so, you might be who we are looking for as we gather a new team of Pastoral Care Associates this spring.

The ministry of listening is one way that our community cares for each other. Pastoral Care Associates (PCAs) are members of our congregation who are trained listeners committed to maintaining strict confidentiality. The PCA team works closely with the Associate Minister for support, consultation, spiritual development and accountability.

If you are curious about this important way to grow your soul and serve our congregation, please let me know or contact one of our current PCAs to learn more. (Current PCA photos are on the wall as you enter the Common Room). We’ll offer information sessions and accept applications this spring. Applicants will be interviewed and those chosen will need to permit us to do a background check.

We require new PCAs to participate in a 20-hour training in September and October in-person at church. I look forward to hearing from you if serving as a PCA seems like your next calling. This opportunity arises every three years.

Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister

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