Connection and Compassion, two of the four goals stated in our core values are front and center at UU Asheville lately as we work towards receiving our new minister and becoming a more welcoming congregation. A new committee, the Care and Connect committee, has been diligently working at identifying and exploring more personal and direct methods of connecting our members and our newcomers to all that we offer at UU Asheville.

Connection is how we do the work we do, at a personal level, the congregational level and within the greater community. Through our connections we are able to explore spirituality and faith development, support our varied groups and take our faith into our community in a variety of ways. We have, like many faith communities, lost contact with many of our congregants during the COVID years. The new Care and Connect committee will be reaching out to our MIA congregants to compassionately check in with them and find out how they are staying connected with us. Do they need more from us? How can we continue to support them? And how can we get them re-connected with UU Asheville? These are the main questions that the committee wants answered.

If it has been awhile since you have attended service, come back, we miss seeing you! If it has been awhile since you have served on a group, find one and offer your time. If it has been awhile since you have included your voice in upholding justice, find a way to speak up.

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men/women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” ~ Herman Melville

Venny Zachritz, Connections Coordinator