A Statement of compassion and care concerning the Coronavirus Outbreak
Offered by the Office of General Minister and President, National Benevolent Association, and Week of Compassion
Posted on February 28, 2020, at 7:18 pm.
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The emergence and spread of coronavirus, or COVID-19 as designated by the World Health Organization, has faith leaders wondering about their role and response. At such times, we are reminded of how interconnected our global world can be.
We sometimes focus on the numbers and the maps, yet each reported case is a person, a family, a community. The church is called to be in prayer for those affected, those caring for the affected, for those working to diagnose/treat patients, and for those agencies attempting to prevent, detect and respond to this virus. As the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we offer our prayers for all affected parties.
It is important during such a global event, that we, as the church, take the time for an informed and thoughtful response. The need for urgency can be fertile ground for fearful reactions. We may begin to see others through a lens of skepticism and fear. Historically, we know how discrimination and isolation can develop to those deemed as “others.” We encourage a faithful response that is informed by medical and mental health professionals and reflective of our theological beliefs of care for all.
While it is tempting to rely on social media for news, be aware that misinformation is also shared through these outlets. Do the research with accredited professional organizations as listed in the resources section link provided.
You may be concerned about church events, including your regular worship and other elements of church life. It is time to prepare information about preventative measures, make a response plan for your congregation or organization, and make proactive decisions to be communicated as widely as possible.