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Union in the News: Faculty Responses to COVID-19

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Here are a few recent articles and webinars from our Faculty as they seek to help us reshape our thinking and adapt to our current situation of social distancing and isolation. Updated March 31, 2020

In This Kairos Time, Will We Embody Church?

Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School and Professor of Theology & World Religions and Liz Theoharis, Director of Kairos Center and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign 

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed an ongoing crisis of injustice and inequality, how will we respond to this moment? Read their post in Sojourners, In this Kairos Time, Will We Embody Church? 

 

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The Butterfly Effect and the Coronavirus: The Truth of Interrelatedness

Dr. John J. Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology & World Religions

How might the interrelated nature of all beings help us make sense of this current pandemic? Read Dr. Thatmanil’s post in Counterpoint Knowledge, The Butterfly Effect and the Coronavirus: The Truth of Interrelatedness.

 

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Why Donald Trump is a threat to the United States’ Spiritual Well-Being

Dr. John J. Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology & World Religions

How do the political dimensions of our current moment shape our spiritual well-being? Read Dr. Thatmanil’s post in ABC Australia, Why Donald Trump is a threat to the United States’ Spiritual Well-Being,.

 

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Ten guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak 

Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care

How can we accompany people through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death? Read Dr. Campbell-Reed’s post in the Christian Century, Ten Guidelines for Pastoral Care During the Coronavirus Outbreak. 

 

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Four guidelines for Improvising Pastoral Leadership through a Pandemic

Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed, Visiting Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care

How will ministers lead through the unnavigated territory, meet moral obligations for loving our neighbors and ourselves, guide and care for our people in an unprecedented time of uncertainty, and hold out hope in the face of despair? Read Dr. Campbell-Reed’s post in the Christian Century, Four guidelines for improvising pastoral leadership through a pandemic.

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Addressing Isolation and Quarantine

Dr. Cooper-White, Vice-President of Academic Affairs and Dean, and Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology & Religion

How can we care for those for whom social isolation is actually a risk factor for increased intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and mental health crisis? Listen to Dean Cooper-White’s webinar with Episcopal Relief & Development, Addressing Isolation and Quarantine.

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Being Church As We Live With COVID19 – Challenges and Demands

Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship

This moment is asking us to reimagine our lives and ways of being, which at the moment includes the way congregations’ worship since we cannot gather together in person right now. Read his post on re-imagining worship, Being Church As We Live With COVID19 – Challenges and Demands.

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