Pastoral Care Team
Kye Flannery, Jan Austin, Claire Kennedy, and Amelia Koford
Ubuntu: a Nguni Bantu term from the Zulu people meaning “I am because we are.”
“Ubuntu is rooted in what I call a relational form of personhood, basically meaning that you are because of the others. In other words, as a human being, you—your humanity, your personhood—you are fostered in relation to other people.”
—James Ogude, Kenyan literary scholar
Mission Statement: The mission of the Wildflower Pastoral Care Team is to support the well-being of Wildflower members and friends going through challenging times. The care team provides meals, rides, deep listening, facilitated discussions, and friendly visits on a short-term basis. The care team is a non-professional group that agrees to honor the privacy of the members and friends we serve. Call or write the Care Team for support with an illness, isolation, birth, end-of-life, or any situation that could use a helping hand.
What can we help you with?
Deep Listening – Kye
Everyone needs an ear now and then. Do you need to talk to someone? The Deep Listening sub-team consists of people who have been trained to allow you space to process a difficult experience, grief or dilemma. We can also help you navigate the list of resources on the WF web site with a grounding of emotional support. If it feels important to talk to the chaplain, for a spiritual issue or particularly serious issue, please note that in your request. We are here to support you!
Meal Trains – Amelia
Going through a rough spot and need some homemade meals delivered to your door to tide you over? We can help you out with delicious goodness for two or three weeks!
Rides – Claire
Whether it’s a one-time doctor’s appointment or a regular ride to church, let us know and we’ll be glad to try to get you where you need to go!
Visits & Cards – Jan
In the hospital? Sick at home? Feeling lonely? Or know someone who is? We can send greeting cards and make in-person visits. Let us know how we can help.
You can get in touch with us in two ways:
Click on this page or email email@example.com or, if your need is especially urgent, call 512/956-8723 and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
As always, if you are thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, there are several ways to get help. A few of those are:
Integral Care (formerly known as ATCHMR – Austin Travis County MHMR):
LGBTQI crisis hotline: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help/
For more information, please see our Austin Community Resource List here.
Remember, at Wildflower Church, we are a family, and families help each other!