As we learn to live with the circumstances created by COVID-19, the Regional Executive and Staff are searching for ways to relieve the profound stresses on Communities of Faith and leaders.
I am awed by you all and how you are exercising meaningful and safe ways of staying connected through online and printed worship resources as well as phone calls to those who feel loved and cared for in hearing a kind voice. Someone said to me today, “I’m loving the phone calls! People are being so kind.”
The Regional Executive members join me in being deeply grateful to our Regional Executive Minister and all our staff for their work in continuing to support and care for us all especially in these trying days.
The Executive met by video conference on Friday to discuss issues raised at the first online Townhall video conference, emergency financial support for Communities of Faith, and the 2020 General Meeting. The results are as follows:
We are called to bear witness to the power of God’s grace at work in the world by exercising wise and compassionate behaviours. Many people, among them our beloveds, are taking risks to keep us safe and we must not increase their risk by disregarding the precautions we know we should and must take. So, please don’t panic. Stay home unless you are truly an essential service. Do not go out unless you must. Keep the physical distance requirements. Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.
Who would have thought that keeping physical distance from others would be a profound act of love? Who would have thought that the physical acts of kindness that we do instinctively would now put others at great risk for serious illness? This new way of being is hard for us all especially those with few options.
As I write my phone just pinged with this message. “Well, now I know I have friends! My upstairs neighbour left 4 rolls of TP at my door! Who would have thought that this would be a blessing!” This was sent from someone who has self-isolated after being in contact with someone who’s spouse is seriously ill and hospitalized with the virus.
Friends, this crisis will pass, and my prayer is that when it has, we will discover that we have deepened our practices of faith, found more meaningful ways to care for each other, become more generous and dismantled the social and economic “golden calves” of privilege.
The peace of Christ is with you all,
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