Our Response to COVID-19
Fall 2020, COVID is not greater than Hope
Dear members and friends of ECY:
Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our students and on the ECY ministry. Students were asked not to return to campus after the spring break, and student leaders sprang into action, both to support each other, and to begin restructuring all of ECY’s pastoral, worship, formation, and social programs onto a virtual platform. Students rose amazingly to the crisis, finalizing restructuring the decision-making process at ECY so we are becoming truly student-led, and creating a new Congregational Council in the process. Then George Floyd was murdered and students immediately embraced the prophetic national and international call to act against systemic racism. The Co-Chairs crafted a powerful statement asserting our decision to make becoming an anti-racist organization central to our mission, began gathering resources and participating in collaborative programs with others.
As the fall semester begins, Yale’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is still emerging and students are continuously discerning how best to reach out and welcome new undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and how to structure our programs in ways that will be accessible and nurturing to students in such a time of stress and uncertainty.
Blessing in every shade of the fall,
Come, Holy Spirit; kindle the fire of your love.
Transform all that is fearful into boldness of heart. Inspire your servants with wonder and awe at the mystery of your presence. Confirm your friends in compassion and forgiveness. Whisper discernment in the midst of confusion. Be wisdom in times of trouble; reverence in the face of diversity; and patience with the unfolding of life. And forever anoint your messengers with joy. Amen.
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