A few days ago, there was a bit of conversation going on over on our Facebook group that got a few feathers ruffled. Normally, we use our FB group as a way to let folks know what is happening. It’s a great way to support each other and be in the know. It is not a good way to engage in a back and forth. That needs to happen in constructive conversation – which is not social media’s forte.
Not surprisingly, the row was about our pandemic protocols. There is so much anxiety out there – and in us – that different opinions are bound to surface. All in all though, your strong support for our policies, including going online when caseloads are at all-time highs, has been much appreciated. We are all trying to get through to the other side as whole and well as possible.
A part of good leadership is transparency. If anyone would like to have a conversation with the Board, staff, re-opening task force, or with me, just let us know. We’d love to hear from you. If you’re interested, here’s the link we are using to follow the numbers: CovidActNow.gov. Another good source for information is OhioCoronavirus.gov.
Here is my response to the Facebook posts:
Thank you to all who care about our First UU community. These are challenging times with no ‘right’ way to address the multitude of issues. People have different perspectives and that is part of a healthy discussion (although I don’t believe FB is the best place to do that).
I am incredibly proud of our staff, lay leaders, and congregation for making decisions, including sacrifices, for the good of the whole. We are a multi-generational community in a hyper-segregated culture. The re-opening task force has done an outstanding job trying to find the balance.
Anyway you slice it, this pandemic has been disruptive. I can only imagine that being a parent of young children during this time is one of the hardest jobs of all. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve worked with too many families who have said good-bye to loved ones, sometimes without even being able to be with them in person.
If I could, I would have ended this pandemic a long time ago, but I don’t have those powers. In the meantime, let’s concentrate on how we best support and affirm each other. I miss seeing you all in person and I look forward to being together again soon. It’ll be a grand day. Until then, let’s be together in all the amazing ways tech allows. (Huge shout out to our tech team!)
We are the church that puts love at the center. It’s tough out there, let’s see if we can live into love from where we are. Maybe that’s why we’re here, to practice.
Blessings to all, because we all need blessings.
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