As we go through many complications with families and loved ones around pandemic, as well as our longtime minister, Reverend Suzelle leaving, some of you might have additional needs for someone to vent or listen to your story. To get assigned a lay pastoral care list enter, email Reverend Denise and she will help you make a match for someone to be your listener while you share your story with them. Know this is confidential. In fact, we answer many questions about Lay Pastoral Care below:

1. Is Lay Pastoral Care the same thing as therapy or counseling?
No. LPC team members provide supportive, active “listening”, but do not offer therapy, counseling, or advice. If a congregation member indicates that he or she would like to receive more formal therapy or counseling, a list of licensed mental health providers can be provided by our minister.

2. I am not sure if I really need to talk to someone. What obligation am I under if I simply want to find out more about the program?
Please ask any team member or Reverend Lynch questions you have about LPC. You will never be under obligation nor should you feel any pressure to formally meet with an LPC team member.

3. Where do people typically meet with a Lay Pastoral Care Team member to talk?
This can actually vary quite a bit. Some congregation members prefer to speak via the telephone whereas others invite the LPC team member to their home. Meetings can also occur at a local establishment or other community location. The LPC team encourages congregation members to select meeting sites that are supportive and comfortable for them.

4. How does Lay Pastoral Care differ from CommUUnity Connections?
The ministry work of LPC primarily involves talking and listening to congregation members who need support and affiliation. CommUUnity Connections provides a helping hand for congregation members in time of need, such as assisting with transportation, cooking meals etc.

5. Do the Lay Pastoral Care Team members have to get training to be a part of the team?
Yes. All LPC team members received a highly intensive training program to serve in this supportive, listening role.

6. What is the primary objective of Lay Pastoral Care?
To provide a ministry of hope and caring so that no member of the congregation needs to suffer or struggle alone through life’s hard times. LPC team members may provide support, comfort, listening, and regular contact with congregation members in need of such gifts.

7. Can I pick a member of the Lay Pastoral Care team that I want to meet and talk with?
The LPC team wants all congregation members to feel comfortable and relaxed during these supportive listening sessions. The best thing to do is to contact our minister at 262-782-3535 or laypastoralcare@uucw.org. LPC team members often meet with several people during the week and thus a particular team member may not be available.

8. If I decide to meet with a Lay Pastoral Care Team member, how long does a typical session last?
This can vary quite a bit. You can talk for as little as 10 to 15 minutes up to an hour. There is really no timeframe. The LPC team member and you can decide together what works best.

9. Do people normally meet with LPC team members for a couple of weeks or can it be longer than that?
This is entirely up to you. The relationship between an LPC team member and a congregation member is grounded in open communication and trust. A person has complete autonomy to decide when he or she no longer needs supportive listening.

10. If I speak with an LPC team member, will they bring up my name at LPC team meetings?
No. The LPC team is very sensitive to protecting the privacy and dignity of all congregation members. If a situation arises that a team member needs to discuss with the group, the names or personally identifiable information of congregation members will be kept private.