We can’t put people in harm’s way by opening up our churches when the virus is spreading death throughout black communities at an alarming rate. We have to wait for the medial professions, not the politicians, to let us know when it is safe to return to normal.
Why should people who are already suffering disproportionately in so many other ways subject themselves to sickness and possible death?”
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Before we return to church functions and worship gatherings, our first imperative is “do no harm.” Instead of providing a list of dos and don’ts we will offer a series of questions as conversation starters and guidelines for pastors and members.
This is an opportunity to empower and involve our members in discussions and decision-making to be the church God is calling us to be.