Pilgrimage Through the Pandemic

Pilgrimage Through the Pandemic

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This interview captures the reality of the experience of COVID-19 and the theological reflection required to make sense of the world in the pandemic.
 
The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, United Church of Christ’s associate general minister, discussed her experience of COVID-19, her father’s death from the virus and her own illness on August 20, 2020 during Scotland’s Just Festival. Thompson described her “coronavirus-induced journey through the biblical ‘valley of the shadow of death’  during which Psalm 23 kept her going. She shares poignant video of the burial of her father from her car in the cemetery.  
 
As Thompson was interviewed by Rt. Rev. John Armes, leader of the Diocese of Edinburgh, the conversation evolved to exploring how the church can respond to the pandemic. Thompson  asks, “How do we do theological work and spiritual work that will help communities not just grieve and mourn but also be on paths of healing?”  
 
Her call to action leaves one with much to think about: "From creating 'space for mourning in a time of absence' to leveraging global and ecumenical relationships in new ways, I think that there is a spiritual healing that is calling us,” she said. “And I think that the church needs to find itself in this moment and even to help identify and define this moment.” 
 
Read the article and watch the video on The United Church of Christ website: Pilgrimage Through the Pandemic.  

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Deborah Ringen

Deborah Ringen is Transitional Minister of Health and Wellness for the Southern New England Conference, UCC.

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