Coronavirus

Coronavirus Pandemic

Please find here resources and information to help you and your congregation during this challenging time.

Coronavirus Advice (20/3/2020) (PDF)

Keep an eye on the latest health advice from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Check whether there is a Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group for your area, where you could offer or request help: https://www.facebook.com/CovidAidUK/

Take care of your mental health: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

 Resources

Online Worship Advice from the Quakers: https://www.woodbrooke.org.uk/about/online-mfw/Online-worship-advice

Handy United Reformed Church guide to using Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom for the recording and broadcasting of acts of worship: https://urc.org.uk/images/Communications/docs/Facebook_Youtube_and_zoom.pdf

Useful advice on copyright issues for live, streamed or recorded services, from Law & Religion UK: https://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2020/03/17/streaming-church-services-an-updated-guide-to-copyright-and-religion/ and from Kent Unitarians: https://www.kentunitarians.org/copyright-issues

 

A Poem

You may like to reflect on the poem below from Unitarian Universalist minister Lynn Ungar...

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love—
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.