Resources in Covid-19

Lost in Authenticity – Pastoring in a Pandemic

None of us has ever practiced ministry (or anything else) in a pandemic. And, none of us had much time to prepare for practicing ministry in a pandemic. Start with grace, positive spiritual practices, creative care/self-care and resource suggestions to help you find more.

A Prayer in a Time of Anger, Unrest, and Injustice

In this time of national discord and unrest, the office of Racial Equity & Women’s Intercultural Ministries has developed resources for you to use during your worship service. It is our intent that these resources will speak to the hurt, anxiety and even the lament you may be experiencing during this time of unrest in… Read more »

COVID-19 and the PC(USA)

While congregations and new worshiping communities are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also innovating by learning new technologies, starting new missions, and finding new ways to be the Church while social distancing. This report gathers information from surveys of mid councils, congregations, and new worshiping communities to give… Read more »

24/7 Crisis Helplines

Curated links to National 24/7 helplines including Disaster Distress Helpline, Suicide Prevention Helpline, Veterans Crisis Line, Domestic Violence Hotline, ChildHelp Child Abuse Hotline, and Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Young People. JPG version

Making Memories & Telling Stories in the Now

Let’s not let this moment go by without taking time to engage and document this time and other memories. Storytelling can be an impactful faith practice to engage in. Here are some suggestions for making, sharing and documenting memories.

Grief

Grieving is a universal, human experience. While we will all experience grief in our lives, it is also a unique journey each time. Mourning is a sign of love and this wisdom is embodied in Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Online Memorial Services

Sadly, a loved one has died, and the phone calls begin: “What are we going to do about a funeral?” During this pandemic, the logical answer is to postpone it. But that does not take care of emotional needs right now. Fortunately, in our tradition, anyone can conduct a funeral or memorial service. So, there… Read more »