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We are living through an extremely difficult time as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic. C-TAC has received words of wisdom from members of our faith community, who are key participants in our efforts through initiatives like the Interfaith and Diversity Workgroup.
Rev. Carolyn J. Richar, RN, MDiv, CHPN serves as the Chief Mission Officer with Capital Caring Health. Rev. Richar reached to out to share a quote from German theologian and religious leader Martin Luther.
Luther shared the following reflection while living through a deadly outbreak of the bubonic plague:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”
Engaging with faith communities has always been central to C-TAC’s work and faith leaders play a critical role in supporting those in their communities during the spread of the Coronavirus. In the weeks to come, we will continue to share advice and insight on the challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic from faith leaders of all denominations.