At First Unitarian, we care for each other in times of joy, sorrow and transition.

We help people listen, open, and serve by providing continuing compassionate presence, ongoing community connection, relationships of support, and an opportunity to experience the giving of pastoral care as a spiritual practice. This ministry depends on the dedication and compassion of many seen and unseen individuals. Giving and receiving of care is a gift to both the giver and the receiver; it replenishes the hearts of both.

Need support? Email our Pastoral Care team or call 585-270-0851.


Members of the Pastoral Care Team assist the ministers in identifying and meeting the pastoral needs of the congregation. We offer a variety of pastoral connections to our congregants in times of joy, sorrow and transition. They visit at homes, hospitals, hospice, or at the corner coffee shop. They receive training and support from our ministers and team. Team members are commissioned by the congregation in a ceremony that endorses their role in serving our church community.

Memorial Services and Receptions

Members of our congregation offer caring hospitality to grieving families by providing a simple reception of cookies, coffee, and punch following memorial services of our members. We hope to make this time of difficulty a little easier by taking care of these details.

Honoring the life of a loved one who has died is important, and even if you’re not a member of our community, our space and memorial officiants may be available.

Contact the Office for more information.

Caring Cuisine Team

Caring for one another, body and soul, is a priority at First Unitarian. When a member or friend is in need of meal support, our Caring Cuisine Team, led by Patti Clark, steps in.

If you’d like to be added to the meal train list, please contact Patti Clark via email.

Support Groups

Caregivers Support Group
If you’re providing care for another and would like to connect with others who are also caregivers, we hope you’ll join us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM. For the Zoom link and/or more information, email Jane and/or John.

For Parents and Caregivers
Our Religious Education program offers several support groups.

Looking for Spiritual Deepening?
Our Adult Spiritual Development ministry has a variety of options to choose from.