Pastoral Care

The Pastoral care team is a team of volunteers who offer a ministry of presence and support. The Pastoral Care Team extends the care of the congregation to those who are experiencing major life changes, offering confidential, supportive care to members and friends of OUUC. The Team works together with and is an extension of the minister.

The Pastoral Care Team Warm Line

The Warm Line is a service of OUUC’s Pastoral Care Team. A Warm Line is designed to have team members respond to phone messages or emails within several days of contact. Pastoral Care is a ministry of presence and support; we listen to provide supportive, one-to-one care to members and friends of OUUC.

Pastoral Care is confidential, but information is shared with the Minister and the Pastoral Care Team, as appropriate. Pastoral Care may be helpful when experiencing major life changes, such as birth of a child, adoption, loss of job, divorce, or retirement, death of a family member or friend, health problems, illness, hospitalization, isolation due to age, mobility, disability, or other factors.

How can I contact the Pastoral Care Team?

  •       Warm line: 360-786-6383 x 109
  •       Email:

Who are the Pastoral Care Team members?

  •       Barb Carey
  •       Anatha Attar
  •       Beth Johnson
  •       Chris Parke
  •       Dan Donahue
  •       Gail Gosney
  •       Josie Solseng
  •       Pam Turner
  •       Polly Taylor
  •       Rev. Mary Gear

Emergency financial assistance may be available to OUUC members and friends, and community members as funds are available. These funds are given at the discretion of the Minister. Please contact Rev. Mary directly to request financial support at

For immediate emergency support, please call 911. Other community resources that may be helpful include:

  •       Thurston County Crisis Line: 360-586-2800
  •       Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
  •       Family Support Center of South Sound: 360-754-9297


Please contact the minister for Pastoral Care in a time of need. The minister will be happy to schedule a meeting time. If this is an urgent need please call the minister’s office phone at 360-786-6383 ext. 101.


Member to Member Care

We give help to one another and to the surrounding community. Contact someone from one of these groups if you need assistance or would like to share your time and energy with others.

Caring Friends

Caring Friends is an opt-in email list which enables us to let one another know when we need help with practical things like transportation,  doing errands,  having meals delivered, etc.

To ask for help from Caring Friends: contact the Caring Friends contact person at

Caring Friends is also an opportunity for each of us to respond to a request for help when we can. It’s a way that each of us can take care of those in our congregation.

If you would like to be added to the Caring Friends list contact the Caring Friends contact at

Caring Friends Guidelines

Memorial Services Committee

Coordinates volunteers to assist with tasks related to an OUUC memorial service. Contact Melanie Ransom.

Addiction and Recovery Ministry

Promotes awareness of addiction and provides effective and compassionate action and service. Looking for more info? CLICK HERE to find the resources provided by this committee. Questions? Contact David Verbon.

Parish Nurse

Provides health ministry in the congregation – focusing on wellness, wholeness, and support during health crises and life transitions.  CLICK HERE to read more about this volunteer, part-time service, offered by a Registered Nurse who is a member of the congregation.
Questions? Contact Ann Yeo.


Caregivers is a monthly gathering of OUUC members and friends who are the primary caregivers of a family member or loved one. Meeting on the second Thursday of each month, from 10:00 – 11:30 am, members share their stories, learn of resources available to caregivers, and provide emotional and spiritual support to each other during this time in their lives. New members are always welcome; Contact Rev. Carol McKinley,


Caring for the larger Unitarian Universalist community

 Chalice Lighter

Assists the growth of member congregations in the Pacific Northwest District of the UUA by providing grants to help their formal growth plans. Contact Penny Chatfield our Chalice Lighter Ambassador to find out more!