It's been some time since I've sent out a regular e-news. The last one, in fact, was January 30. In that issue, the lead story was the following diocesan Coronavirus message: "It is important at this time to be aware of the situation as it develops, but not to become overly alarmed or panicked. Indeed, throughout history, the church has been an agent of calm, reassurance and compassion during times of uncertainty."
Well, it's been almost five months since then and we are now considering a slow return to our church buildings after a forced lock-down turned the world as we know it upside down. And, by faith, throughout this time we have been agents of calm, reassurance and compassion. We have reached out and reached in for the resources needed to get through this first pandemic wave, together. So, thank you!
Now is not the time for complacency, but it is perhaps a time to exhale a little. To rest. To take a break and maybe even go on that long-overdue (stay)cation. The fall is around the corner, and with it will come the return to school, work and church community life (albeit in limited ways). If we don't store up our reserves over these next two months, we will find ourselves at risk of being unable to meet our obligations and unable to be the light we are called to be. So, be kind to yourselves, your parish leadership and each other this summer.
Here is a look at some events that have taken place, resources for reopening parishes, some changes to the Diocesan Post, a look ahead to our upcoming episcopal election and more...