Resources for Pastoral Care
As we adapt to this new reality, this time calls us to new opportunities: to share resources and refocus our operations.
Take a good look at what needs to be done in the present moment, and what can be done later. We do not need to host every group, event, and conversation that was planned. We can do less. We can give ourselves space.
At this time, live into your gifts: ask yourself what God has given you to give others, what God has uniquely equipped you to do. Rely on one another as a community, knowing that we have all been given different work to do, and that, together, we have what we need to be the Beloved Community.
Pastoral Care for the Sick & Dying
As we continue to adapt to a new reality in our lives and ministries, there are updated guidelines for the faithful and safe practice of pastoral care, ministry with the dying, and funerals. Click here for specific expectations regarding providing pastoral care for the sick and dying.
LeaderWise Online Gatherings
Thursdays at 12pm. ECMN partner LeaderWise is offering weekly zoom conversations, Thursdays at 12, called Joining Together in Resilience: Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves. Learn more here.
ECMN Pastoral Care Resources
There was a Pastoral Care Meet-Up lead by your Missioner for Formation, Susan Daughtry, on March 18. Check out the video of that Zoom call here, and read the notes that came out of the conversation here.
The University Episcopal Community, made up primarily of young adults, many of whom are college students, created a Community Care Check-in. See their survey here.
Plan a Phone Tree to keep your community connected.
10 Ways to Respond Creatively to Anxiety about COVID-19, a blog resource from your Missioner for Formation, Susan Daughtry.
Resources for Self-Care and Care for Others
Substance Abuse Support
Many substance abuse support groups are going virtual right now. On their websites, you can find links and guidelines to stay connected to your community.
While gyms are closed to prevent the spread of this illness, being active can help your stress and anxiety. YouTube and other streaming services offer many guided practices you can do in your own home, and getting out for a walk, run, or bike ride - as long as you keep your distance from others - is still advisable.
High-risk Population Support
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits.
United Way 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Whether you are in crisis or need a little support, United Way can help.
Second Harvest Heartland: Emergency Food Box
Hunger doesn’t wait. While COVID-19 affects our community, helping our neighbors experiencing hunger is more necessary than ever. Missing work and an uncertain economy means families are missing meals. Second Harvest Heartland is providing emergency food boxes in response to the expected increase in need of food assistance.
Small Business Assistance
If you or someone in your community owns a small business that is struggling, please see this guide, prepared by the state of Minnesota.
Support Performing Artists
Dozens of theater companies, musical ensembles, dance troupes, and more have had to cancel performances. Organizations like these operate on very thin margins already, and artists will have to go without paychecks. If you're able, please consider donating to some of your favorite artistic organizations—particularly the small ones—during this time. Learn more about the economic impact of the arts in Minnesota here. Not sure who to support? Check out this running list of organizations that have cancelled or postponed their events.
Support Hospitality Workers
As restaurants across the state are closed, those whose livelihood depends on tips will suffer. Consider ordering food to go from your neighborhood, family-owned restaurants and leaving a generous tip for those working when you pick up your food. This is a low-risk activity for healthy people.