March 24, 2020
Welcome to Resource Roundup, COVID-19 edition
For the duration of the coronavirus emergency, occasional special issues of Resource Roundup — usually a newsletter for clergy, wardens, administrators and lay professionals in the Diocese of Los Angeles — will replace the Episcopal News Update.

The Episcopal News Monthly bulletin insert will also be suspended until churches of the diocese return to their regular in-person worship.

Thank you for your attention. We hope you find this information useful. Additional resources to be considered for future issues may be emailed to news@ladiocese.org
News
Join Presiding Bishop Curry online to pray the Lord’s Prayer March 25
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs - March 24, 2020] In response to a call from both Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will be praying the Lord’s Prayer (via Livestream and Facebook Live) Wednesday, March 25, at 9 a.m. PDT (12 p.m. EDT). He invites all to join with Christians around the world to offer this prayer in response to the coronavirus pandemic. To join Bishop Curry live, use these links:
Church Pension Group issues statement regarding effects of pandemic
CPG (Church Pension Group), which manages insurance, pension and healthcare for many churches, clergy and lay employees of The Episcopal Church, issued a statement on March 23 concerning its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"As soon as it became clear that the coronavirus was becoming an international emergency, we started evaluating each of CPG’s lines of business to determine what, if anything, we could do to respond to the financial—and emotional—distress that many Church employers, clergy, and lay employees are experiencing. Our responses range from potential assessment waivers for financially threatened parishes to not charging clients for medical co-pays or deductibles to offering free online books and stress-management webinars."

Topics include:
  • Clergy pension assessments
  • Healthcare out-of-pocket expenses
  • Publications
  • Property Risk Management
  • Conferences

CPG's companies are: The Church Pension Fund, Church Life Insurance Corporation, The Church Insurance Companies, The Episcopal Church Medical Trust and Church Publishing Incorporated.

The full message, with links to other resources, is here.
Religious leaders call for end to hoarding, cite versions of Golden Rule
The Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders on March 20 issued a statement calling on residents to avoid the practice of hoarding supplies and to find ways to help their neighbors.

The letter cited a March 19 editorial in the Los Angeles Times that noted, "[W]e’re all in this together, and it’s far better for all involved if we choose to help our fellow humans rather than rip the last roll of toilet paper from their hands."

"We, the members of the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders, could not agree more," the letter said. "The panic buying and hoarding we are witnessing is of no value –this country has been graced with an abundance of food, enough for everyone–and creates great hardships on so many people, especially the elderly who do not have easy access to stores and those with low incomes who cannot always access stores when there is something left on the shelves to buy."

The letter also cited the Golden Rule, often rendered as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Every major faith represented by LACRL, it continued, has some version of this rule in its scriptures and holy writings; Jewish, Christian, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikh and Bahai'i.

"Let us live these teachings from our sacred texts, respecting the dignity of each and every human being, helping one another, and in so doing we will get through this Coronavirus pandemic together."

The full letter is here.
Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops postponed to 2021
[Anglican Communion News Service] The once-a-decade gathering of the bishops of the Anglican Communion, which was to be held in Canterbury, Kent, in July and August this year, has been rescheduled for 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken [March 23] by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby following consultation with a range of stakeholders, including the trustees of the Lambeth Conference Company, the charitable organization which runs the conference on behalf of the archbishop of Canterbury. In recent weeks the Lambeth Conference organizing teams have been prayerfully thinking through the impact of coronavirus pandemic on the plans and preparations for this important event. Welby has consulted a number of key players, including his fellow primates – the leaders of the 40 autonomous churches of the Anglican Communion. Read more here.
Webinar on stewardship during COVID-19 crisis available on demand.
CEEP (Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes) and CCS Fundraising recently presented a webinar on stewardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel discussed what has been learned, how the church is responding, and way to engage parishioners in the "new normal. The webinar is now online for viewing on demand here. Panelists are: Kate Kile - director of Finance & Stewardship, St. John’s, Tallahassee, Florida; Kris Kuhns, assistant vice president, CCS Fundraising; Caroline Marak, stewardship manager, Saint Michael and All Angels, Dallas, Texas; and David Rocchio, director of Stewardship & Gift Planning, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia.
Online conference will consider mental, spiritual, physical care during COVID-19
Claremont School of Theology and Coloring Mental Health Collective (CMHC) will host an four-week online Community Care Series conference on Thursdays from March 25 to April 16. The purpose of the series will be "to care for the mental, spiritual, physical, and material well-being of people amidst the COVID-19 pandemic," says Nicholas Grier, assistant professor of Pastoral Theology, Counseling, and Culture at CST. CMHC, according to its website, "advocates and organizes for the mental wellness of Black and Brown people; it also seeks to dismantle oppressive ideologies and behaviors that cause emotional suffering." Each session will be on a Thursday, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Dates and topics are:

Session 1: Thursday, March 26 - Mental Well-being
Session 2: Thursday, April 2 - Spiritual Well-being
Session 3: Thursday, April 9 - Physical Well-being
Session 4: Thursday, April 16 - Material Well-being

There is no charge for the online conference. More about the program and presenters and a registration link are here.
Weekly drive-through food pantry starts at Honda Center
[Voice of OC] Second Harvest Food Bank has launched weekly drive through service at the Honda Center. The non-profit has tapped into their reserve funds to purchase food and has suspended their volunteer packing operations at the distribution center. Read more here.
Coronavirus Rumor Control (from FEMA)
"The purpose of this FEMA page is to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Do your part to the stop the spread of disinformation by doing 3 easy things; don’t believe the rumors, don’t pass them along and go to trusted sources of information to get the facts about the federal (COVID-19) response." (h/t Ken Higginbotham of St. Stephen's Church, Santa Clarita.)
Requiescant in pace
The Right Reverend Edward Mackenzie
January 8, 1935 - March 13, 2020
Bishop Edward Mackenzie, former Suffragan Bishop of Cape Town, South Africa and sometime bishop in residence in the Diocese of Los Angeles, died on March 13 in Los Angeles. Edward was elected and consecrated as bishop suffragan to now-Emeritus Bishop Desmond Tutu at the Cathedral of St. George in Cape Town, May 1988. He served as suffragan and western regional bishop. The diocese stretched from Namibia to George. Some of his congregants were as far as 440 miles from Cape Town. Edward was one of the original signers of the famous “Kairos Document: A Challenge to the Church,” considered to be one of the most important theological declarations of its time. After retirement he and his wife relocated to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, where he served as bishop in residence, assisting congregations in Glendale, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles. Read more here.
Prayer and inspiration in a time of pandemic
Video: A Collect for Aid against Perils
(Book of Common Prayer)
Read by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry here
A Mini-Sermon in a Fearful Time
by the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Lutheran pastor
"Maybe the opposite of fear isn’t bravery. Maybe the opposite of fear is...love."
Video here. Text here.
At-Home Spiritual Practices
Presented by Washington National Cathedral
While churches and other places of worship across the country are encouraging congregants to social distance, there are many ways to continue to place faith at the center of our lives. Here are some ways to enhance your spiritual journey at home.
Additional prayer and inspirational resources are on the COVID-19 Resources page of the diocesan website.
COVID-19 crisis: Ways to help
Thank you cards for hospital staff
A request from Michael Bell,
director of pastoral ministries at Good Samaritan Hospital
Church colleagues, friends with kids stuck at home, educators with classes online, leaders of other groups: If you're looking for something helpful to do right now that doesn't cost much more than time and some creative love, consider writing/creating thank-you notes, cards, pictures, banners for our hospital staff. E.g., "Thank you, Good Samaritans" - signed by you, children, students, members of your club or community. The more the better. Imagine how you'd feel - how your spirit would be nourished - if you saw hundreds or thousands of thank notes greeting you as you face another challenging day at the hospital during this crisis. Package them up and mail them to my attention (see below). I'll get them posted around the hospital to help boost the spirits of our staff who are and will be working round the clock throughout this COVID-19 pandemic for the well being of our neighbors here in downtown Los Angeles.Blessing to all for safety and wellness at this time. Thanks to all who act on this invitation.

The Rev. Michael S. Bell
Spiritual Care Services
PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital
1225 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90017
Can you sew? Hospitals, other agencies need face masks for medical providers, patients, at-risk elderly
As the coronavirus crisis continues, hospitals and medical providers are rapidly running out of face masks for their own use and that of their patients, and sewing hobbyists are breaking out their machines and fabric stashes to help. Read more and sign up to help here.
Episcopal Relief & Development
COVID-19 Response Fund
"Join us in prayer and action. Help us be there in times of uncertainty.
Your gift enables us to prepare for emergencies around the world — including the recent outbreak of the coronavirus. With your help, we can equip our partners on the ground with crucial support to assist local communities and meet the changing needs as this crisis unfolds." Click here to contribute.
From the wider Episcopal Church
Take Action for the 2020 Census!
A message from the Episcopal Public Policy Network (EPPN)
“The two most important things you can do for our community this week are: maintain social distancing and take the 2020 Census as soon as you can. Census data are critically important to determining: representation in Congress, allocation of federal funds for the next decade, and valuable information for state and local community officials, service providers, and private businesses. An accurate census count means resources will go to the communities that need them, and government programs and services can be more responsive. Filling out the census is easier than ever. You can go to 2020census.gov today to fill it out online, you can fill it out by phone, or you can respond to the paper questionnaire you will get in the mail. For more information, you can go to The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations website here."
Applications open for Episcopal Church Constable Fund Grants
Deadline: March 31, 2020
The application process is now open for the 2020 Constable Fund Grants. The Constable Fund provides grants to fund mission initiatives not provided for within the budget of The Episcopal Church, as approved by General Convention 2018, with a stated preference for work in the areas of religious education. In 2019, Constable Grant awards ranged from $20,000 to $60,000 with $209,000 distributed among five grant recipients. Applications may only be submitted by:
  1. one of the Provinces of The Episcopal Church;
  2. one of the interim bodies of the General Convention of The Episcopal Church; or
  3. a program office of The Episcopal Church.  
Please note that individuals, congregations, and dioceses must submit their grant proposals to their Province. Each Province may approve one grant application for submission to the Constable Fund Grant Review Committee. Read more (in English, Spanish or French) here.
Episcopal Migration Ministries offers a new resource: Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is offering a new resource for individuals and congregations who wish to welcome and support asylum seekers. Supporting Asylum Seekers: A Toolkit for Congregations is a free resource designed for congregations interested in supporting people seeking asylum. The toolkit will be updated as new resources, case studies, and information become available. Click here to request the toolkit; additional information and resources will be emailed to you. Read more here .
Updated church business manual available
An updated version of The Episcopal Church's Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairsmay be downloaded here and here. A simple print version may be ordered by contacting the Finance Office at nduverseau@episcopalchurch.org. The cost, including postage, is $20.
REMINDERS
Diocesan website offers resources for congregations
A page on the Diocese of Los Angeles website titled " Responding to COVID-19" lists various resources for congregations and individuals as they cope with church closures and self-isolation. It includes information under the following headings:
  • Resources for Virtual and Remote Worship and Meetings
  • State & County Resources for Addressing Coronavirus Concerns
  • CDC (Center for Disease Control) website links
  • Stewardship
  • Coping with Social Distancing
  • Children and Families
  • Additional health information
  • Recovery resources (12-step programs)
  • Managing work in a time of isolation
  • How to help
The list is updated as information becomes available. Send additional resources for consideration to news@ladiocese.org.
Information and directives regarding COVID-19 from diocesan leadership
Bishop Diocesan John Harvey Taylor, Bishop Suffragan Diane Jardine Bruce and Canon to the Ordinary Melissa McCarthy have issued several letters to the diocesan community outlining actions taken in response to the rapidly developing COVID-19 crisis. These letters may be found at these links, or on the Episcopal News website or the COVID-19 Resources page of the diocesan website.







Credit Union will provide emergency loans to churches, institutions at reduced rate during COVID-19 crisis
[The Episcopal News - March 18] The Episcopal Community Federal Credit Union has set aside a $500,000 emergency cash fund to assist churches and other institutions of the diocese whose cash flow has been adversely impacted by circumstances caused by the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The program will offer, for a limited time, a 50% reduction to its published rate for church loans. Read more here. (Esta historia aparece en español después del texto en inglés.)
Online giving: Options to explore for use in congregations
Any congregation seeking to add an online giving feature to its website can begin by reviewing and comparing available options such as the following which are among various systems in use around the Diocese of Los Angeles and wider church. The following list is only a sampling and comes with no official endorsement by the diocese. Additions to this list are welcomed and may be forwarded to media@ladiocese.org.

Vanco — Fees are said to be reasonable and an app is available for donors to download. Interfaces with CDM database. Can be viewed in place on website of St. James’, Los Angeles.
Square (Cash App)
Givify - As used by All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Vista, Calif. (Diocese of San Diego)

Featuring Tithe.ly, EasyTithe, Givelify, PayPal, Pushpay.
Is your congregation live-streaming Sunday or weekday services? Let us know!
If your congregation is live-streaming services on Facebook, YouTube or other social media, please send us a note and let us know:
  • Day(s) and time of services;
  • Date if a one-time offering;
  • Type of service (Eucharist, Morning Prayer, Evensong, etc.);
  • URL for anyone wishing to log in:
  • Language(s) in which the service will be held.
  • Information about the celebrant or other participants, or about music or other aspects of worship (optional)
Send listings to news@ladiocese.org. They will be included in a list (also available on the diocese's COVID-19 Resources webpage) for the benefit of all who wish to take part in worship.

In addition, The Episcopal Church has launched a Digital Church Guide. You can upload your service information there (click here). You also can add this information to the Episcopal Asset Map (click here.) More information about both these resources is here.
Clergy: Keep count of online participants in worship
As the wider Episcopal Church determines how to determine Average Sunday Attendance numbers during the COVID-19 crisis, Bishops Taylor and Bruce and Canon McCarthy request that clergy in charge of congregations keep count of how many people are taking part via Facebook, YouTube, Zoom or other forum in worship services offered at your church. The information may be needed for parochial reports. Add the numbers to your red register with the notation LS (live-stream) to capture the history being made at this time. Please refer to the March 19 letter to clergy for more information.
Checks to the diocese
The bank used by the diocese will only accept checks made out to: “The Protestant Episcopal Church” or “Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.” Checks may no longer be made to the Cathedral Bookstore, Treasurer of the Diocese, etc. This is due to the Bank Secrecy Act and accompanying regulations ("Anti-Money Laundering rules").

P.O. Box closed
Please note that the diocesan post office box has been closed and will no longer receive mail. Please use the street address for mail addressed to offices at St. Paul's Commons (formerly The Cathedral Center): 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles 90026. Mail addressed to the post office box will be returned to sender.
Links
Resource Roundup is an occasional release for clergy, wardens, church office staff and lay leaders of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. Items for inclusion may be forwarded to media@ladiocese.org.