Covid-19 Info & Updates

Services are multiplatform (with both in-person and virtual participation available). Masks are required inside when in shared spaces. Masks are not required for small/medium groups who have come to a covenantal agreement. Click to learn more about our Gathering Plan and the overall UUS COVID response. Read more »

Our UU principles call on us to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and to practice compassion in human relations. One way we do this is through our Pastoral Care Team and UniCare. Team members collaborate with families and friends to support and supplement their caring presence. The goal of the Pastoral Care Team is to provide a ministry of caring, connection, and hope, so that no one who is part of our congregation feels isolated or alone.

Through the work of these two groups, we:

  • Provide a caring presence through visits, calls, and other contacts that allow us to listen, accept, comfort, and support one another
  • Receive requests for care, from the person themselves, or from concerned others.
  • Link people with medical rehab equipment — walkers, canes, and other aids — that they may borrow
  • Coordinate responses to requests and concerns, including meals.
  • Connect people with community resources
  • Help people develop their spirituality

Who do I contact if I need Pastoral Care services?

If you need pastoral care services, please contact our minister or Pastoral Care Team by email at or or by phone at 319-337-3443 ext. 102. If you phone after hours, please leave a message. In the event of a pastoral care emergency, such as a death or hospitalization, please contact Rev. Diana Smith directly on her cell phone, (319) 541-4330, at any time.

When should you call us?

Contact us for support when you or a member or friend of UUS:

  • Is seriously ill or convalescing
  • Has recently lost a loved one, including a pet
  • Needs meals after surgery or a health event
  • Is confined, temporarily or for a longer time, at home, in the hospital, or in a care facility
  • Is experiencing a major life transition, such as retirement or a change in housing
  • Has relationship difficulties or problems with family members
  • Has mental health challenges, such as depression or addiction

How can I volunteer for the Pastoral Care Team or UniCare?

To learn more about the Pastoral Care Team or UniCare, or to volunteer to help, please contact: