Unitarian Universalists to hear from Rise Above Violence


By Pauline Benetti | Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Please join the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in person or on Zoom on Sunday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. 

The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86176360552, meeting ID: 861 7636 0552 or phone (346) 248 7799.

What is unique about Unitarian Universalism is that it is a religion without a creed. In the place of creed, it has what are called the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. 

The message of our service almost always catches one of our principles in action and so it is with this Sunday’s message, which will be delivered by Carmen Hubbs, executive director of Rise Above Violence, our local nonprofit organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and abuse. As we shall see, the principle in action is “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.”

Hubbs will be speaking with our fellowship on the agency’s new Flexible Financial Assistance Program. The key word here is “flexible.” With this program, financial aid is distributed as quickly as possible with a minimum of barriers and respecting the autonomy and agency of a survivor to identify ways that their household’s needs and barriers to safety and stability might be addressed. In other words, the program respects the inherent worth and dignity of the survivor and, as we shall hear, it is also very successful.

This program was initially developed through a pilot project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation out of Washington state. The program was so successful in stabilizing and raising a survivor’s self-sufficiency that organizations around the nation are now adopting similar initiatives, including the state of Colorado. 

Hubbs will detail the project’s successful outcomes and initiation of the program here in Pagosa Springs. Come learn of the wonderful work Rise is doing for our community and come away smiling at the good news in this time of seemingly perpetual bad news. 

We are currently experimenting with a hybrid format, which will allow those who feel comfortable to continue to attend in person, while others may prefer to participate remotely via Zoom. Please bear with us in the coming weeks as we work to refine the experience of those on Zoom. 

To protect our most vulnerable, we ask that you please consider attending only if you are vaccinated and will wear a mask. Social distancing will be encouraged and to that end, the maximum capacity of the fellowship has been reduced to 25, a very good reason for arriving a few minutes early. You are welcome to remain after the service for fellowship. 

Our fellowship offers each individual support in our unique spiritual path and an opportunity to participate in positive social and environmental action. We welcome diversity and invite everyone to share in our faith community. 

Religious Exploration (RE) classes will not be resumed until more normal conditions exist. For more information about RE, contact Anna Ramirez at afrancis_@hotmail.com. 

Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Join us. For more information about the fellowship, please see the website www.pagosauu.org