UUCA strives to be a loving community that provides support and care for each other through both the best and the most difficult of times.  For pastoral care concerns or assistance, call the UUCA Pastoral Care line at 404-634-5130 or e-mail PastoralCare@uuca.org and you will be contacted by our lay minister of the week or another member of our pastoral care lay ministry team.


Lay Ministers

Our pastoral care lay ministry associates work with our professional ministers to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our congregants in times of stress and crisis, as well as to share joyful transitions. Typically, to connect with a lay minister, contact Rev. Taryn Strauss at taryn.strauss@uuca.org or 404-634-5134 x 228. Read our Lay Minister bios by clicking here.

Caregiver Support Group (2nd Sunday of each month, 1:00-3:00pm)

Being the caregiver for an ailing or aging person is a difficult job. So few people appreciate or understand the many skills, duties and stressors involved in care-giving. Many caregivers feel frustrated and isolated with no outlet for expressing their feelings and no clear source for advice or support services.

The caregiver support group intends to provide a confidential place for the caregiver to share their joys, frustrations and struggles. Attendees benefit by sharing their own successful “tricks” for coping and receiving helpful tips in return.

Missing You Team

We want to make sure that homebound congregants, those in fragile health or for other reasons are not able to participate in our UUCA activities, stay connected if they wish through visits, calls and cards. If you are in this situation or know of someone who is, contact Ginny Sjoquist, Lay Minister, at sjoquist@bellsouth.net or 404-876-0455.

Joys & Concerns / Caring Community

The sharing of joys and concerns is how we build community. Joys and concerns may also be shared with the congregation in the Weekly Update and in Sunday morning worship by contacting Rev. Taryn Strauss at taryn.strauss@uuca.org or 404-634-5134 x 228.

Counseling & Referral Service

UUCA provides members with short-term (3-session) counseling services by licensed psychologists and social workers to aid individuals, couples, and families in need of assistance. It also offers referrals for longer term individual or group therapy for depression, grief, loss, and emotional support. Contact Rev. Taryn Struass at taryn.strauss@uuca.org or 404-634-5134 x 228 to access the counseling and referral service.

Ministers’ Benevolence Fund

As part of our commitment to creating and sustaining a loving and supportive community, UUCA has provided for a benevolence fund, administered by the senior minister. Highest priority goes to UUCA participants, with exceptions made at the discretion of the senior minister or designee. There is a one-time use of this fund by an individual or family unit in a calendar year, with maximum monetary assistance not to exceed $1500. In general, the check for the assistance goes directly to the vendor or agency for the debt owed. For details about the Benevolence Fund, please read the full policy here or contact Senior Minister Rev. Anthony Makar at amakar@uuca.org or 404-634-5134.

UUCA also participates in local community ministries providing other forms of emergency relief and makes referrals to them.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry

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The Decatur Cooperative Ministry is a faith-based cooperative providing a continuum of services to homeless and at-risk families to enable them to become self-sufficient. DCM also offers worship, educational, and volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups from the local community and beyond. As a member organization, UUCA provides food and other services to DCM. For more info, contact Rev. Taryn Strauss at taryn.strauss@uuca.org or 404-634-5134 x 228.