When Can We Go Back To Church?
Though it may be some time before Southeastern Pennsylvania counties get the
to relax stay-at-home orders, now is a good time to start thinking about how your congregation would operate under the
Yellow Phase guidelines.
Leaders and members will need to balance the advantages of resuming in-person worship against the dangers of increasing spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable people in their church, families, and community.
Follow the guidance of public health and government officials, and err on the side of safety.
More food for thought:
There was i
nteresting Zoom conversation yesterday in Minneapolis Area Synod with epidemiologist
Dr. Michael Osterholm
about when it might be safe to worship corporately again. We're in the second inning of a nine-inning game, he said, noting that digital worship and outdoor worship are do-able now. Some areas of the country may go in and out of restrictions as cases wane and then rise again, until there is a vaccine.
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania shares an essay by Pennsylvania pastor Michael Best: "
I want to re-open the economy like everyone else. But I want to re-open it in a way that moves us towards Shalom, towards loving our neighbor. I want to re-open it in a way that we steward creation responsibly. I want to re-open it in a way that lives into the Beatitudes. I want to re-open it in a way that lives into Jesus’ call to care for the poor and the outcast. I want to re-open it in a way that allows us to see the Image of God in each others – regardless of our economic status. I want to re-open it in a way that serves humanity, and in turn contributes to the unfolding of the Kingdom of God. That’s the economy I want to reopen."