Faith-Based Response to Epidemics + Pandemics

Faith-Based Response to Epidemics + Pandemics

ROLE OF CHURCHES, DIOCESES AND COMPASSIONATE CHRISTIANS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Combat fear with knowledge in order to encourage preparedness and decrease stigma. Maintain operational continuity and continue worship life in the case of potential quarantine and disruption. Show God’s compassion and care to those in our communities who are affected.

 

HOW OUR PARTNERS ARE RESPONDING

As an organization, Episcopal Relief & Development is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by developing and enhancing tools to support partners as they serve their communities. These tools promote spiritual, humanitarian relief, equipment, health messaging and pastoral ministries while conforming to physical distancing and other public health guidelines. For example, safe practices can address how to feed vulnerable households while minimizing the spread of the virus or how communities can develop a timetable so that water collection at wells are spaced apart to avoid gatherings of people. Read our recent web statement

 

This short video highlights how our partners around the globe have been responding:

 

 

DISASTERS ARE STILL HAPPENING

Recognizing that new natural disasters are still occurring at this time, Episcopal Relief & Development is postured to walk along with dioceses as they develop safe disaster responses. Read this helpful resource. For more helpful tools, visit our resource page.

 

Recently, Lura Steele, Program Officer for the US Disaster Program sat down with The Very Rev. Richard Lawson, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John in Denver, Colorado to discuss our approach to disaster response and plainly explains the emotional impact of disasters. Give it a listen!

 

 

IDENTIFYING GIFTS AND NEEDS

By going through the Matching Gifts and Needs After A Disaster module, leaders are able to name the people, places and things they have access to that can make a world of a difference to someone who is disproportionately impacted by a disaster.  In the context of the coronavirus, how can your church, diocese or ministry meet needs using the gifts you already possess? All are invited to go through the module to help discern your call to respond at this time.

 

COMMUNITY, INFORMATION AND AGENCY

During disasters and pandemics, remember this acronym: C.I.A.–Community, Information and Agency. As church and community leaders, support your community and maintain connection throughout the event, provide your community with verified information about the health and safety implications of the event and then allow them to decide what’s best for them.

 

 

 

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty

 

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765