Dear Friends of UBARU, February 2021
Welcome to a New Year and a new phase in the life of UBARU Camp and Retreat Center. Oh, we are still the rugged, 142 acre UU Youth Camp in the Texas Hill Country and a welcoming, contemplative Retreat space for many. But, this past year has brought transition for us as well as for each of you. While we were unable to host on-site Youth Camps last Summer, we attempted to reach out online to many of our youth. Our digital offerings have bridged many topics including a weekly broadcast of the UU Free Range Ministry service with Rev. Betty Skwarek, occasional offerings of nature-based programs featuring flora and fauna at UBARU and in the Hill Country, seasonal spiritual offerings marking the solstice, and conversational sessions.
Onsite we have exercised the utmost caution in hosting your visits to the campus, including a socially-distanced Men-aligned Retreat last Fall, a hybrid Star Party featuring dark sky viewing onsite coupled with online content for those at home and a Bridging Ceremony for former high school-aged youth camp attendees as they transition to adulthood. We continue to host monthly Dark Sky viewings. And individuals and families have enjoyed private quaren-team retreats, lodging in the cabins, Ranch House and the private suites of the Rev. Dwight and Marie Brown Center. We’ve even hosted folks camping and enjoying the fire circle.
We have been fortunate to receive some financial support from the federal government in the form of loans through the PPP and EIDL programs. But most importantly we have significantly increased the number of Members of UBARU whose contributions have sustained us during this past year of transition. We have been able to maintain full staffing to support on-site and online activities.
Based on the success of last Fall’s Men-aligned Retreat safety protocols, we have scheduled Men- and Women-aligned Retreats for the Spring. We are continuing to plan for a full range of Youth Summer Camps and Fall Retreats, mindful always of the steps necessary to keep everyone safe.
In order to continue to serve you all, we ask to count on your continuing membership and financial contributions. Your donations and your paid, onsite visits will help UBARU to continue to be a place of reflection, healing, learning, spiritual growth and fun.
Thank you again for your confidence and generous support of UBARU. We hope to see you again soon.
Wishing you the best of health and community.
UBarU Board of Trustees President