This has been a challenging and anxious season for everyone—in our community, across our nation and around the world. Yet through it all there are glimpses of grace, especially in the support, care and concern that you so faithfully and tenderly show toward our Union community. I would like to thank those of you who have reached out to us via email, text or telephone to let us know you are thinking of us or have added us to your prayer list.
Because the spiritual and physical health and well-being of our students, faculty, administration, alumni/ae, and the broader communities in which we live and work is always our top priority, we have acted in the best interests of the community to cancel, effective immediately, all of our spring semester events, both on and off-campus. This is in addition to having already moved to remote learning platforms for our students, many of whom have been required or strongly encouraged to vacate their dormitory rooms and apartments to the safety of the places they call home.
It is for the sake of our students that I write you today with an opportunity to show your support by making a gift to our COVID-19 Emergency Student Fund, designed to assist them with the unanticipated costs of travel, moving, and packing and shipping their belongings on short notice in order to return home.
Thank you for joining us in this crucial effort to provide direct aid to our students, sending them a clear message that they are not alone, and that we face these challenging times together.
Remembering that “to everything there is a season,” I am reminded of how uniquely prepared we are, as a community, to handle such unprecedented circumstances. We are creative thinkers. We are problem solvers. We are nimble minds adept at confronting even the most unpredictable and complex challenges. And, most of all, we are resilient spirits.
Thank you for being community with and for us in this season and for every season yet to come.