AwakeningSoul 2020 will happen. We hear that “being together,” especially at the end of this very, long year is something that we all need. We need to be challenged and inspired and nurtured. We need to sing along with the ensemble, look deeply into the art, and be enfolded by prayer. We need something to look forward to. (
on the photo of Fran and Lindsey for a reminder of why we need to be together)
Safety for all involved is critical. This means being concerned for those who travel to be with us, those who prepare the space for us at Lutheridge, those who sing together whether on stage or in the audience, those who prepare the meals, and all of us who share them. If AwakeningSoul were to be held next week, we know that we would not be holding an in-person event. We are not ready to give up on the hope that we can indeed gather in person – we pray that there is still time to learn ways to keep us safe in community.
Fran and I are looking at a number of scenarios. Nothing is off the table at this point – we are exploring ways to have a safe in-person gathering, a virtual event, or a hybrid event where some can be on site and others join via their computer. We have both participated in several virtual gatherings in the past two months and are beginning to develop an understanding of what works well and what does not. We have lots of support from friends and colleagues who are up to speed with the technology required if we do have to move toward a virtual gathering. We will develop detailed plans for the various options through the month of June. Hopefully, when all the puzzle pieces come together we will have a clear picture of how to move forward.
Fran and I are led by the spirit as we host AwakeningSoul gatherings. I assure you that the spirit is leading and will continue to lead us to listen to scientists, public health professionals, and state officials as we move
forward. Our decisions will be informed by the best information we can access (and trust).
All assembly, housing, and dining decisions will meet state, county, and municipal requirements - at a minimum.
We hope and pray that you are willing to live in this uncertain space with us as we gather information and formulate potential plans.
Meanwhile, hug a loved one if you can and send a message to someone you love who isn't with you, stay safe, and be well,