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Compassionate Connections

Greetings! to all reading this bulletin from Compassionate Connections program of Westwood. This month’s highlight is the Compassion Bank of Westwood.

Founded in 2014, the bank is one way to realize Westwood’s purpose as a compassionate community of free religious thought, inviting all people to rest, grow & serve the world. As a shared ministry of the congregation, it is available to members, friends & staff of Westwood congregation.

The Minister & Compassionate Connections Coordinator, as discreet bankers, access

compassionate offerings on account, when requested or needed by Westwoodians for compassionate support & comfort during troubling times.

Members & friends can deposit a service or request a withdrawal for any of the following offers of compassion:

  • Card Crew. Folks willing to circulate a card signed by the congregation acknowledging a significant event. Then mailing it to our member/friend/staff experiencing a family loss, injury, surgery, hospitalization or confinement. 
  • Listeners. Folks willing to listen to a member/friend/staff sort through a troubling issue or dilemma. eg. someone contemplating a challenge or change or decision.
  • Nourishers. Folks willing to prepare a soup or meal for member(s), friend(s) or staff in difficult circumstances. eg. a family or individual suffering a loss or serious family illness.
  • Transporters. Folks willing to drive/accompany someone to an appointment, to church or deliver nourishment. eg. to a homebound Westwoodian going through trying times.
  • Visitors. Folks willing to visit a Westwoodian confined in hospital or a care facility or at home. eg. bring news of Westwood & check-in for the wellbeing of the person.
  • Handihelps. Folks willing to help with a repair or provide advice to Westwoodians for home, garden, auto or technology.
  • Special Offers. Folks with a unique compassionate offering for someone in the congregation. Or folks with a unique need.

Offers of compassionate action are held confidentially in the bank & shared only with

permission among the parties concerned. As requests come in, folks with matching offers

will be contacted & given the option of participating. Depositors are always contacted first to ensure they are currently able & willing to provide a requested service.

All compassionate interactions remain private unless agreed to otherwise by the parties

concerned. So as to respect the privacy of a someone needing assistance & honour the

limits of a person providing care.

An exception to privacy & confidentiality between offerers & receivers happens when abuse or harmful actions are involved or potential. In a case of imminent harm, the situation must be reported, for the safety of all involved.

Westwood’s Minister & Compassionate Connections Coordinator are available to all

Westwoodians as supports regarding this congregational program. Need more information or to wish to get involved? Email Sara compassion@westwoodunitarian.ca

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