If the Covid-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it is that our lives are deeply interdependent. I am proud to be a part, along with our bishop, of a diverse group of interfaith leaders who speak as one, encouraging congregations to be caring, careful, and to go slow in their plans to reopen.
In line with this wisdom, Bishop Phoebe announced last week that in-person Sunday worship would not be allowed until Trinity Sunday, June 7. Our Return to Calvary Task Force met the past two Sundays, and on Monday, thanks to our own Dr. Henry Sullivant, we walked through our initial plans for a return with Marianne Ivie and Tom Kurlick, infection prevention specialists for the Baptist Hospital system.
We were helped immensely by the gift of their expertise and knowledge. We will communicate our plan in full as soon as it is finalized, but here are a few elements it will almost certainly contain:
Returning to Calvary will require a good deal of grace, patience, and undoubtedly a little forgiveness as we do our best to care for one another and for our world as we gather. But I have seen all these gifts alive and well in you as our common life was disrupted so deeply this spring. I know they will guide our return as well.