As religious communities, we are entrusted with the temporal and spiritual care of our neighbors. The past week has brought rapid developments. We do not know what the full scope of this pandemic will be, but as people of faith we have an obligation to operate in the best interest of the wider community, especially on behalf of those most vulnerable.
Yesterday, a group of clergy met to discuss an appropriate, unified response that our respective faith communities might make in response to this ever-changing situation. While there is much to learn about COVID-19, the most important thing we as a community can do right now is minimize the spread of this virus through effective social distancing.
Out of our common conviction, the Chapel Hill faith communities listed below have decided to suspend corporate worship and larger gatherings in order to slow the rate of COVID-19 transmission and support the work of our medical community.
In two weeks’ time, we will reevaluate this suspension and determine next steps. In these days of uncertainty, we are grateful for the courage, wisdom, and common witness of our ecumenical and interfaith community.
Kehillah Synagogue ** University United Methodist
Love Chapel Hill ** University Presbyterian
Holy Trinity Lutheran ** Binkley Baptist
University Baptist ** United Church of Chapel Hill
Chapel of the Cross, Episcopal ** Church of the Holy Family, Episcopal
Amity United Methodist ** Christ United Methodist