Add Your Name to the Faith Leader COVID Safety Pledge - to Keep Wisconsin Healthy and Safe

We the undersigned clergy, (https://www.wichurches.org/2020/10/09/covid-safety-pledge/ )representing diverse faith communities across Wisconsin, pledge to do all in our power to keep our congregations and communities healthy and safe in the midst of this pandemic. While we have varying practices and theologies, all our traditions hold life as sacred and believe the imperative to protect and preserve life outweighs all other considerations. Our state is facing a crisis and we must meet this challenge together. Wisconsin is one of three states with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Only Texas and California, with much greater populations than Wisconsin, have higher numbers.

As people of faith, we trust in a higher power to help us through crises. But we must also trust science and what the medical experts are telling us. The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to keep contacts outside our household to an absolute minimum. Wearing masks, washing hands, and staying physically distanced are all important and vital measures we all must take. But reducing our contacts with anyone beyond the people we live with is the best way to keep us all safe. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has issued an order to keep public gatherings to under 25% of capacity. Houses of worship have been exempted from this requirement. However, as faith leaders, we pledge to steward the health of all by prioritizing remote worship and other activities until this crisis has passed.

It is crucial that we stay home as much as possible to protect ourselves, our families, our communities, and especially first responders and health care workers who risk their lives to care for us. As the Rev. Kerri Parker, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, has said, “Being a faithful people is not abstract; it is about applying our faith when it matters. This virus is not going to get itself under control. We have a responsibility to each other. We are able to worship, pray, provide faith formation and pastoral care, and address other community needs in ways that limit the risk of spreading COVID, to save lives and relieve the strain on the health system. We have a moral imperative to do so.”

 

Embracing that moral imperative, we pledge to stay safe, for all our sakes!To add your name to the WI Faith Leaders COVID Safety Pledge, click here https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/WisconsinCouncilofChurches/COVIDPledgeSign.html  From Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Executive Director, WI Faith Voices for Justice & Reverend Kerri Parker, Executive Director, WI Council of Churches

 

* Please let YOUR congregation's leaders know about this!