As I’ve been watching the news regarding the COVID-19 virus I reflected on the importance of community. Community means so many different things. It can mean a cohort group with which we identify based on sexual orientation, race, age; it can be an online club or an inchoate sense of belonging. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church is certainly an important community for me and for many of you. And I feel that the gathered community is the most powerful force in the universe.
So it was with great struggle and mindfulness that the leadership of All Souls made the decision today to cease all live events at the church for at least the next three weeks.
The language that health care workers are using is “flattening the curve.” By reducing the opportunities for the virus to spread through large group gatherings, hopefully we will help flatten the curve of growth of this virus and it will run its course much quicker.
We will not gather in person on Sundays for our celebration service, nor will teams or groups gather at the church throughout the week. Now more than ever, we need to feel the love, caring and support of All Souls that is so vital in our lives.
This means that we get to be creative! We get to think of new ways to show up for one another rather than just sleep walk through our days and our relationships.
For starters, All Souls will be holding service via ZOOM beginning this Sunday. You can gather in your living room, or be lounging in bed with your laptop propped on your lap; your cell phone twinkling in your hand. Join us at 1030 AM on Sunday on our Zoom Meeting..
We also have a Joys & Concerns service on Tuesdays – J&C Zoom Meeting
The great thing about ZOOM is that you can join with video so we can all see the smiling faces of those in attendance. You can even “whisper” to your best friend, using the private chat feature or send a comment to the entire group. This will be an opportunity for us to share our brief, personal joys and concerns in a more intimate setting. Groups and Teams will also be able to meet via ZOOM so rest assured, the work and ministry of All Souls will continue unabated!!
These are interesting times. COVID-19 reminds us that we can never prepare for what life will throw at us. Our response, one of concern for public health and safety, not one of fear, reminds us that there “ain’t no mountain high enough” to keep me from you and you and you!
In these coming days and weeks as this health crisis continues to unfold, remember you’re not alone. We will not be part of the community spread of the virus, but we will continue to remain #communitystrong. And if, in the next month, COVID-19 dissipates, we will have succeeded in flattening the curve. And that will be a very good thing.
If there’s anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to email, text or call. I am here for you. We are here for one another. We are the All Souls community, gathered not in person, but in spirit, love, and life.
With deep love for each of you,
she, her, hers
(the) Rev. Dr. Nori J Rost
Minister, All Souls UU Church