Many of us are now three weeks into working from home, worshipping from home, meeting by Zoom and trying to maintain personal and professional connections during this time of social distancing. Our hearts are broken, and we are grieving along with our nation and the world. With our headquarters in New York, the epicenter of COVID-19, many of us at ECF know people who are directly affected by this virus and, like you, we are so grateful for our friends and neighbors who are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Next week is Holy Week and I know it will be difficult for all of us. This year, we will worship not in our churches, but in our homes – experiencing the drama of the passion and death of Jesus physically separated from our faith communities and those we love. But this is where we are now - anticipating the triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, while, at the same time, like the disciples before Pentecost, frightened and inside our homes.
While we are all hunkering down, ECF continues to offer resources for the Church, recognizing its importance and relevance now more than ever. This past week we hosted a series of webinars, including one that addresses many of the questions around the CARES Act featuring Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Click here to view all recent webinars and register for those coming up. We also continue to compile other resources and tools related to the Coronavirus and the current pandemic. Click here. ECF will continue to be here for you throughout these difficult and challenging times.
As we enter the holiest time of the year in the midst of this crisis, let us journey together next week on the road to Calvary with awe and reverence and celebrate the Risen Christ on Easter Day with a renewed spirit of wonder and joy.
We look forward to communicating with you again in Eastertide.
Donald V. Romanik