Message from Rev. Bushbaum about Corona Virus Safety in Our Community

March 17, 2020

To the members and friends of TRUU –

We are now living in an unusual time. We are physically isolated from each other, not knowing exactly what is coming towards us. This time will create financial difficulties for some. Please reach out to me for support: (612) 296-5882.

To help us stay connected and spiritually grounded, I am sending out selected poems, meditations and readings a few times each week. You can find them on this link.

While many of us feel varying stages of fear and anxiety, I hope that you can also use the quarantine time to re-ground yourselves, to center deeply on that which sustains you. My hope is that each day, you can focus more intentionally on the wonderful cup of coffee or tea in your hand, a friend or spouse or pet who companions you.

Can you sit and just listen to the bird singing in the tree while taking deep breaths? Gaze at Mt. Sopris and ponder the mystery of time and the formation of the earth?

-Rev. Laurie

Sunday Services

Sunday services are the heart and soul of the congregation for many of us. While we have cancelled the public gathering portion of Sunday Services until further notice, the next three Sundays for sure, we will be live streaming our services, right from our usual gathering space. A few days ago we sent out instructions for finding those links. Staff and lay leaders have been updating this website make it even easier to use. There are multiple ways to reach the livestream.

  • To attend the livestream Service Sunday morning at 10:00 am, which is held on Facebook, please know that you do NOT need to have a Facebook account. Anyone can access it. This link will take you to the livestream service.
  • You also find detailed directions for accessing the livestream within Facebook on this link. (Scroll down the right column.)
  • You might consider inviting a neighbor, or a friend or 2 or 3, to watch the Sunday Service together. Follow safe protocol by washing hands and not hugging or holding hands.

You could create a small altar and a candle to light as we light the chalice online. You could sing together and have a discussion after the service. The weeks ahead could be lonely for many of us. Let’s gather, with safety precautions, in very small groups.

If you miss the service on Sunday, the video recording will be posted here on our website. You will find a full archive of services on this page.

NEED HELP? – Nicolette Toussaint will give you a private tutorial so you can join us for Worship! Email her at to make an appointment.


If you find yourself anxious and would like to talk with me on the phone or have a personal visit, please get in touch:

I take great comfort in a little mantra that goes like this; maybe you remember singing it in worship:

When I breathe in, I breathe in peace;
When I breathe out, I breathe out love.

With each breath I am holding you all in my heart. Next week I will be sending out daily meditations. Care for your spirits, dear ones. 

Rev. Laurie

About the Reverend Laurie Bushbaum

Rev. Bushbaum has served as a UU minister in both settled and Interim positions for more than 30 years, mostly in and around the upper Midwest near her home in Minneapolis, MN. 

She was considering retirement, but then heard that a friendly congregation in the Colorado mountains was still in search of a minister. Rev. Bushbaum then contacted TRUU’s Search Committee in late summer. Here’s a link to a story in our local Carbondale, Colorado newspaper about Laurie’s arrival.

Rev. Bushbaum is a talented preacher, a committed social justice activist (with special interests in environment justice and racial reconciliation) and a beloved and enthusiastic participant in religious exploration programs of all ages. She’s also an avid outdoor enthusiast and an accomplished fabric artist.

Read more about Rev. Bushbaum here.

Have Symptoms?

If you are concerned about your physical health and develop symptoms, our congregational President, Rob Benedetti, a retired physician will make house calls. Rob Benedetti
Phone: (570) 475-1741. Email:

Pastoral Care Teams

We want to make sure that our members and friends have what they need in the coming days and weeks, so we forming Care Teams. The plan is for Captains of multiple care teams to call his or her group of 4-8 people each week to make sure needs are being met. Perhaps someone will need a ride, or need groceries, help getting meds… To lend a hand, call or email Katie Marshall ASAP to volunteer of sign on as Care Team Captain. Katie Marshall: or call (970) 390-4342.

Special Ministers In Service To TRUU:

Rev. Florence Caplow at TRUU

Rev. Shawna Foster, Contract Minister, 2016-2019

Rev. Florence Caplow, Contract Minister, 2015-2016

Rev. Stephan Papa, Contract Minister, 2013-2015

Rev. Amy Rowland, Consulting Minister, 2012-2013

Rev. Gretchen Haley, Contract Minister, 2010-2012

Rev. Robert Latham, Consulting Minister, 2008-2010