Family Connect & Support

Resources & Encouragement during our Triumphs & Challenges


Sharing our joys and concerns is part of our journey in community, but it is especially important during times like these when we are navigating a pandemic. We hope these resources will uplift and strengthen you while we make our way together in a "new world." What an opportunity for positive growth and change!

A Letter from our DRE

Dear UUFP Families,

When the Coronavirus started so many months ago, we had no idea that it would last this long. We did not know at the time how our lives would change. But boy have they. Wow! It has been a lot and it is not over yet.

Fortunately, humans are resilient and resourceful. It is in our nature to adapt and change and survive. But not all humans are alike. It has been interesting to see how different people are handling this new way of life. For some, it is a challenge in a good way. They are learning new technologies, exploring new creative ways to adjust and connect. For others, it is a challenge in a bad way. They are feeling overwhelmed and scared and exhausted. And still for others it is a mixture of both positive and negative challenges and many unknowns.

I think the most important thing to say is that however you are experiencing these times, you are not alone. We are here for you. Your UUFP community is here for you whenever and however you need us. We invite you to join in as often as you can, taking into consideration your own needs for self-care. And I would also encourage you to reach out to your family and friends who may be looking for a supportive faith community. Online church may not be the same as gathering in person, but it is very accessible!

Many blessings,

Joanne Dingus, Director of Religious Education


Connected Parent Support Group

Are you interested in meeting with other parents on a monthly basis for support and deep sharing?

Please contact dre@uufp.org with your interest and ideas. When there are enough people interested we will put this on the schedule.


We hope the following video fills you with glee but, more importantly, inspires each of us to live our UU principles, as we build the Beloved Community of inclusion and equity for all.


Unitarian Universalists have many ways of articulating our seven Principles. May this kid-friendly, simpler language (described by our UUA Tapestry of Faith children’s programs) help us instill these values in our children:

  • 1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
  • 2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
  • 3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
  • 4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • 5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
  • 6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  • 7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.

Enjoy this story of "Wendy the Unicorn" by our friend and author, Julian Padowicz, with illustration by our DRE, Joanne Dingus!

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