The COVID-19 pandemic caused a complete shift at Union, forcing a move to remote learning and canceling all on-campus events. With the city sheltering in place and so much uncertainty, the Episcopal Divinity School at Union saw an opportunity to provide perspective on the underlying injustices, poverty, and racism that the crisis exposed. Hosted by The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, EDS at Union launched a series of Facebook Live videos titled, Being Church in the Time of COVID-19. These videos include conversations with faith and community leaders, activists and scholars.
For the next five weeks, Union is featuring some of these conversations which focus on COVID-19’s impact on marginalized communities, and the role of churches in dealing with this crisis.
COVID-19 & The Church
Friday, July 10
Today we are are featuring a conversation on evangelism, reconciliation and, the stewardship of creation during a pandemic with The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers. The second video is with Bishop Mariann Budde, and they explore what it means to be Church during the recent Black Lives Matter protests and President Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Church in Washington DC.
COVID-19 & Marginalized Communities
Friday, June 26
Today we are featuring conversations on Covid-19’s impact on prison reform with Michelle Alexander, and Covid-19’s impact on the immigrants and asylum seekers with Ali Noorani. Michelle Alexander is a visiting professor at Union and author of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Ali Noorani is the Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum.
Friday, June 19
Today we are featuring a conversations on Covid-19’s impact on culture with Darnell Moore, and Covid-19’s impact on the poor with Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. Darnell Moore is an activist and Author of No Ashes in The Fire. Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis is the Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival, and the Director of the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary.
Friday, June 12
This week we are featuring conversations on the racial lines of Covid-19 with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., and Covid-19’s impact on Navajo Nation with the Bishop David Bailey and Rev. Cornelia Eaton. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies and the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Bishop David Bailey and Rev. Cornelia Eaton both serve in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland.
Friday, June 5
This week we are featuring conversations on COVID-19’s impact on the Homeless Community with David Giffen, and the struggle of a living wage with Saru Jayaraman. David Giffen is the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless. Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United).