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Resources, information and thoughts in the age of Covid-19

The path of return to a pre-COVID-19 world has been referred to as The Hammer & The Dance by Tomas Puevo. “The Hammer” refers to requirements for Social Distancing.  “The Dance” is our attempt to come back together before either a vaccine or a  treatment for the disease has been developed. In traditional worship Lutherans Gather, Proclaim, Feast and Disperse. When we cannot Gather or Feast, what does the dance of the faithful look like? The Hammer and Dance newsletter explores this question.

My Faith Matters
20 Oct: Hammer and Dance – COVID Reasserts Itself

Coronavirus cases in the United States are surging toward their third peak in eight months. More than 70,000 new infections were recorded on Friday, the most in a single day since July, and the country recently surpassed eight million total cases.

Brigette
19 Aug: Hammer and Dance – ZOOM Fatigue

COVID-19 may not seem like a traditional natural disaster.
However, there are psychological element effects of
COVID-19 that resemble the same thoughts, feelings, and driven behaviors as natural disasters. Depression and anxiety are common mental health issues that can affect anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elise
12 Aug: Hammer and Dance – Societal Behavior Health

“No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime … They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat.” (Isaiah 65:20-22 NRSV)

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08 Jul: Hammer and Dance – COVID Resurgence

This week’s “Hammer and Dance” looks at the statistics for surging coronvirus infection rates in the states of the Pacific Northwest. How do we as church respond, prepare and minister in the midst of growing uncertainty?

rocket science
17 Jun: Hammer and Dance – Time to Prepare!

It’s not rocket science. Disaster preparation can be done and done well it that’s your goal. Whether you are preparing families, congregations, camps, synods or Social Service Agencies the time is now. Let’s get to work!

Learned
27 May: Hammer and Dance – What have we Learned?

“If one just holds on and does nothing, waiting for the pandemic to pass and things to return to normal, one will only come to realize that both the old norm and the new opportunities are gone in the end.” – Heidi Zhang, Chief Strategy Office of Publicis Communications, China

Helens
20 May: Hammer and Dance – Not So Fast

Because it takes from 1 to 3 weeks for the coronavirus to express itself after contamination, our data is always 2 to 3 weeks old. “With more parts of the U.S. starting to reopen, many people will be tempted to look at the data this week and begin to pro-claim victory. But this week’s data will reflect late April and early May when much of the country was still on lockdown.”

harp
13 May: Hammer and Dance – A New Song

How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? Considering the nature of COVID-19 transmission the question of singing may be one we have to take literally. Apparently, it was in Babylon too. Surely, though, the voices and harps of captivity are primarily metaphorical.