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Letter: Davis interfaith clergy COVID response

365体育投注We, the undersigned faith leaders, are grateful for the leadership and discernment of the Yolo County Office of Health and Human Services as they make decisions based on the available data, research and recommendations from other institutions of public health. We have expressed our support for Dr. Ron Chapman, the Yolo County Health Officer.

365体育投注As religious and spiritual leaders, we take seriously the responsibility to balance our faith with reason, and trust the medical and scientific leaders in our community. Our staffs and congregations are meeting remotely and from safe distances, per the stay-at-home orders.

365体育投注While we would, of course, prefer to be meeting in person, we are in no hurry to put ourselves and our congregations in danger. We trust that our local officials are working with the best available information, and will only ease the restrictions when it is truly safe.

We understand that sheltering in place is taking its toll on our communities. As pastoral caregivers, we see that there is great need for community, for meaningful work and economic stability, for mental and physical healthcare, and for spiritual well-being. We consider these things essential. However, gatherings in enclosed spaces — like our religious services — can be prime spaces for transmission of this virus.

365体育投注As our local public health officials face tremendous pressure from organizations, businesses, and individuals to reopen prematurely, we underscore our confidence in their leadership, and our commitment to staying at home, wearing face coverings, and engaging in essential social distancing for as long as it takes to protect the people in our care.

As we consider the processes for phased reopening of our facilities, we abide by these principles. We will continue to participate in county and state public health initiatives in order to be part of the solution.

The Rev. Casey Kloehn Dunsworth, The Belfry
Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Congregation Bet Haverim
The Rev. Beth Banks, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis
Pastor Sara Tillema, Cal Aggie Christian Association
The Rev. Dr. Chris Neufeld-Erdman, Davis Community Church
The Rev. Dr. Eunbee Ham, Davis Community Church
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Dolan, The Episcopal Church of St. Martin
The Rev. Morgan McLean, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Smith, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation

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