We are in the midst of difficult times, a period of great uncertainty, threat and worry. This is unprecedented only in that the whole world is recognising and facing the SAME threat at the SAME time. It is absolutely normal for people to face, and survive, massive social change. It’s just that for our generation in the west, we’ve lived through a remarkably blessed period over the last 50 – 60 years. If you were to talk to someone who lives in Syria, or someone in Japan who lived near the nuclear power plant Fukijima, or someone in New Orleans after the hurricane, or a family facing famine in sub-Saharan Africa, then it becomes clear that at any given time, somewhere on the planet, people face great hardship.
Humans are inherently creative, adaptable, resourceful and collaborative. Times like these bring out the best in humanity (but also the worst!). By acting from a place of trust and faith, by making the best of our God-given gifts and by drawing on our most resilient and optimistic selves, we will get through this period.
We have adapted our programme to make as much as we can available by Zoom videoconference for the duration of COVID 19 restrictions.
This will allow you to join by either:
- Using a laptop, tablet or smartphone with good internet. You will be able to see and hear the speaker and interact with the other people in the session.
- Using a normal phone, you will be able to hear the speaker and interact with the other people in the session.
Just use the website links shown in the programme for each event. We are asking you to pre-register, which simply means signing up with your name and email address, to keep the sessions more secure. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We have reduced the length of the sessions and will aim two short breaks, so you won’t be sitting in front of a screen for more than about 45 minutes at a time.
Please do join us if you can, as a spiritual community is more important than ever right now.
Jonathan Males on behalf of the Programme Committee
29 March 2020