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Together with every other organization and community across the globe, Durham Friends Meeting is faced with questions about what to do with the threat of possible Coronavirus infection in our midst. Some of the answers will have to be made together, and others are for each individual or family to answer on their own.
We are a worship community. Gathering together is what we do. We gather for worship, for prayer, for study, for support, for fellowship and for fun. In normal times, we gather strength from gathering together. But in the current situation, we may do each other harm.
The situation is likely to change. We’ll be learning more about the risks and best approaches. We expect that the current situation will last at least until the end of May. Members of Ministry and Counsel, together with the Clerk, will monitor the situation and make decisions. We’ll send out information on e-mail, and we’ll try to see that those who do not receive e-mail receive phone calls.
For the present, here is how we will proceed.
- We will have 1st Day Worship each Sunday as regularly scheduled. Please attend via Zoom. As always, someone from Ministry and Counsel will be responsible for Care of Worship. There will be a prepared message most Sundays. And someone will provide tech support for our use of Zoom.
Various committees of the Meeting are gathering using Zoom, but all other events have been cancelled.
We need to care for one another. Please stay in touch by phone, e-mail and other means. By all means ask questions of M&C if you have them, and we will try to answer them or point you to someone who can.
With God’s love and strength, and with support from one another, we will get through this.
Martha Hinshaw Sheldon, Co-Clerk of the Meeting
Sukie Rice, Co-Clerk of the Meeting
Doug Bennett Tess Hartford
Renee Cote Joyce Gibson
Brown Lethem Wendy Schlotterbeck