Practicing Compassion

August 14th, 2022

The objective for this Sunday service is to share ideas about compassion, what it is and how it can be practiced. UUS member and guest speaker David Jepsen proposes that Compassion can readily be recalled by the formula Sympathy + Identification + Action. Compassion is universally accepted among world religions as a guiding principle for good living. David concludes that no matter how often he attempts compassion, it still feels like practice, as if the struggle to perform compassion, like doing the laundry, is never really over. And that we, like a piano player or a free throw shooter, must continue to practice, practice, practice. Kara Beauchamp will serve as this Sunday’s Worship Associate.

All are invited to join us after the service for a bring-your-own picnic on our back patio and lawn! Each individual/family/household should bring their own food, dishes, silverware, and serving utensils. The Hospitality Team will provide beverages in compostable cups, paper napkins, containers for compost, recycling, and garbage, and warm soapy water for washing your own dishes by hand if you wish. There are several patio tables, or you may wish to bring a blanket or camp chairs. We will not be moving indoors, so you can decide if the weather is pleasant enough to eat outdoors.

Join in person:

  • Please arrive between 9:40 – 9:58 am so you can be seated before the service starts. Please stay home and care for yourself if you’re not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID. Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • We are using a traffic light gathering system to let people communicate the distance they need to safely join us: Red – need distance; Yellow – use caution, need some space, ask; Green – don’t need distance. The Sanctuary will be divided into three sections matching the traffic light system. The RE Commons and Fellowship Hall will also be red seating areas but with more room for people who want to move around during services. There will be stickers for you to add to your name tag to display your preferred designation when not seated.
  • We will have fellowship time after the service, but at this time aren’t ready to provide refreshments.

Join virtually:

  • Click to be taken to the stream on our YouTube channel.
    • Online participants are invited to join in the live chat during the service. You need to be signed in to a YouTube account, and on the actual YouTube site to chat (watching the service through an embedded video link shared in our weekly service emails or on our website will not not have a chat option- click “Watch on YouTube” in the bottom left corner of the video to be taken to the actual site and get access to the chat). Find an instructional guide on how to sign in and chat over YouTube here (PDF, created by Anne Schons)
  • A virtual social hour follows the service over Zoom (Link to Join,  Meeting ID: 853 6642 6271, Passcode: 724555).

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The August offerings benefit the Free Medical Clinic: The Free Medical Clinic (FMC) provides medical, specialty and basic dental care, and prescriptions to those without insurance. Close to 300 volunteers from various disciplines provide thousands of hours of services to the clinic each year, providing patients with quality and compassionate health care. Check out their website ( if you are interested in volunteering or donating needed items such as vitamins, cold medications, toothbrushes and paste, etc.

Donate online at, text “GivetoUUSIC Partner” to 73256, or mail a check with “FMC” on the memo line to our office (2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville, IA 52241).

You can also donate to our Operating Budget. Donate online at, text “GivetoUUSIC Operating” to 73256, or mail a check to the office with “operating” on the memo line (also write “pledge” if you’d like to apply to an existing stewardship pledge).