Why are we called to be the United Church of Christ in this time and in this place? To live into God’s extravagant welcome and advocate for justice. So that, all know love, safety, belonging, and dignity. These are the words ringing in my heart and attached to each of my worries, my prayers, that I am laying at the foot of the cross.
“When can we gather again?” The truth is, I don’t know. My whole being wants to give you a date, but I don’t know when we will be able to open our physical doors so that all may know love, safety, belonging, and dignity there.
I DO know that the basic information about COVID-19 that inspired us to close our buildings in the first place, hasn’t changed. It is still highly contagious, it still affects people who have other medical challenges and vulnerable immune systems in terrifying ways. And the best way to prevent its spread is to severely limit our contact with other people and wash our hands many times a day.
Until there is some significant change in the information we are receiving, we need to plan on our current practices continuing at least into the fall of this year, but possibly for a year or more.
I have faith in all of us to, with God’s help, to pull this off. I am convinced that on the other side of this when we’re all vaccinated and able to be together again, we’re going to be amazed at what we, and God, have done.