The World Council of Churches (WCC) COVID-19 support team continues to field questions related to COVID-19 from member churches. As the coronavirus pandemic wears on, the team strives to offer accurate information combined with a sense of spiritual care. The WCC also welcomes answers and ideas for best practices from member churches, as new voices of wisdom help us all.
For the fourth time, the team has collected questions from the ecumenical fellowship, many of which are shared across faith communities, nations and even continents. The answers, shared below, are meant to support churches, partners and individuals who continue to navigate their unique responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WCC COVID-19 support team consists of specialised staff members who promote a dialogue that shares accurate information and comfort in the face of ambiguity and fear.
New questions include:
1. How do we accompany persons with disabilities in COVID-19?
2. How is power manifest in the COVID-19 pandemic?
3. How can we deal with death and dying during the pandemic?
4. How can churches address engaging in liturgical rites and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic?
5. Should elections be held during the pandemic?
6. What are some of the impacts of COVD-19 on the delivery of education to children?
7. What lessons, insights and wisdom do indigenous communities teach us about dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic?
8. How are faith communities responding to global manifestations of racism?
9. Are the measures being taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic contrary to human rights?
10. How can the church advocate for climate justice during COVID-19 pandemic period?
11. When shall we have a vaccine against COVID-19? Will it be safe? Will it be available to everyone?