COVID-19 Taskteam Update: September 29, 2020

Dearly Beloved:
The familiar passage from Ecclesiastes begins: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Even as the pandemic continues, the seasons are still changing. Soon we will spend more time indoors.  For this reason, the COVID 19 Taskteam offers guidelines on ventilation.

As the pandemic continues, we have learned more about when it is safe to return to activities after a COVID-19 diagnosis or positive test. Here are the latest guidelines on returning to activities after diagnosis.

As the pandemic continues, we are increasingly aware of its psychological toll. The pandemic is a crisis and crises cause trauma. Trauma can affect our capacity to function well. Here is an article that describes the relationship between the pandemic and trauma.  While it is a secular piece, it recommends staying connected and remembering that we are not alone. Our faith will surely support our capacities in this challenging season.

As the pandemic continues, we are also in the midst of perhaps the most contentious election in US history, and we are facing many other issues which are creating dissension and divides among us. The wearing effects of the pandemic surely compound this.  There is no longer consensus about truth in our society.  Instead of following this candidate or that one, let us practice our faith and first follow Jesus, “who is the way, the truth and the life,” (John 14:6).  This should be our practice in any season, and the pandemic is no exception

Finally, as Paul wrote to the Colossians in 3:14:  “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” This we can do while wearing masks, practicing good hygiene, and following the protocols of safety and love when we are together in person. Our team hopes these resources will be helpful to you. 
Kate Croskery Jones
COVID 19 Taskteam Chair