|Following the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11, two members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fairfax, VA, started a program designed to help the congregants in their church come to terms with the tragedy. Marilyn Renfield, MD, and Kathy Birnbaum were brave pioneers who wanted to provide comfort, hope, and relief to those members of their church suffering from personal loss and pain in their lives.
Here at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene we have adapted the program they developed for use here in our congregation. We offer a program that provides a caring, listening presence. We do not counsel, perform therapy, or offer advice. In all our contacts, we remember the importance of confidentiality. From visiting to offering rides to bringing meals, we recognize that we represent our church and we are devoted to taking care of its member and friends.