The recent and ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is all over the news and social media. The Fellowship is committed to the safety of our community above all else and we’re keeping a close eye on changes in the current situation.
Every individual should do what they can to help prevent the spread of communicable disease. The CDC has information on that here. We also owe it to one another to help in times of need – please reach out using our contact page if there’s support that we may be able to offer.
We still plan on holding ritual events.
As of the latest update to this page (3/5/20) we have no intention of cancelling any of our upcoming events due to the coronavirus. Our metric for event cancellation is based on local school responses. Currently schools are only advised to shut down if a confirmed case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in a student or faculty member – should that advisory be escalated to the blanket closure of the local school district, we will accordingly cancel our event. We will also be forced to cancel if our venue(s) make the decision to close.
We will modify certain aspects of our typical ritual in order to minimize transmission risk as much as possible, but please do what you can to help us in that effort:
If you are ill or in a high-risk population, please stay home and take care of yourself. We are considering efforts to stream a holiday devotion for those who can’t attend in person.
Proceeds will be donated to local healthcare efforts.
While the coronavirus outbreak is ongoing at least 50% of the donations collected at rituals will go towards local healthcare efforts geared towards homeless and/or queer populations.
Other things to consider in your own response:
Crisis is a major stressor – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The CDC has great information on doing what you can to maintain physical health in the link above, but try to stay mindful of the rest of your self and your relationship to those around you.
Take time to remind yourself that you might be unusually stressed – if you’re feeling as if you’re more tired than usual or just generally not feeling like yourself there’s likely a good reason for that. Don’t forget that the same is going to be true of the people around you, as well.
In the Fellowship we talk about supporting one another and being supported in turn. Support can take so many forms – material support may mean providing supplies to someone who has less than you. Emotional support can be a hug, a phone call, or just some gentle acceptance in the face of someone else’s stress.
That relationship of support exists with the spirits and divinities that move with you, as well. Our Facebook page has some images and prayers listed that might help you connect with the spirits of our tradition if that’s of interest.
We are a community forged through the bonds of love and will.
We’ll continue to update you on any changes to the above. Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or if you just need someone to talk with.
Tous kya te. Our hearts are open to you.