The work of faith-based climate action is important to us because we know that we cannot Iove our neighbors without addressing climate change and environmental injustice. The same can be said for COVID-19. We know we cannot love, and stand with, the vulnerable in our society without taking the coronavirus seriously. That means following the guidelines issued by the CDC and World Health Organization, and limiting opportunities for the virus to spread.
NC Interfaith Power & Light (NCIPL) is rooted in following the clarity of rational science and collective action as a community. We welcome and follow the advice of experts and focus on the practical and effective ways we can take responsibility now. In addition to practicing good personal hygiene such as frequent hand-washing, covering sneezes and cleaning your living spaces, most knowledgeable scientific advisors are suggesting that “social distancing” is the most effective social gathering strategy to minimize the spread of coronavirus.
As we strive to move forward with courage and compassion, please 1) avoid large gatherings; 2) maintain at least 6 feet between people at any small gatherings; 3) avoid crowds; 4) and contact your health care providers via phone if you have any symptoms. NCIPL has postponed all upcoming in-person events and travel dates until further notice. Meetings and presentations may be offered via Zoom.
Lastly, we recognize that this is a difficult time made more difficult by isolation. If you are secluded and afraid, we offer a word of comfort. Though there is no need to panic, you are not alone in your feelings of unrest. Please reach out to your local faith community, a counselor, or a friend if you find yourself in need of someone to talk to. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
The NCIPL Team
Stay Updated: Additional North Carolina Coronavirus Information
For the most up-to-date information about what the state is doing and recommendations to keep yourself and your family safe while preventing the spread of the virus, please refer to the NC Department of Health and Human Services webpage. This page includes specific updated information and other state resource links.
NCDHHS is making several recommendations regarding community gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and reduce the number of people infected. Faith-based organizations, whose members may include high-risk populations, should plan for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their local communities.
March 13, 2020 – NC Council of Churches: Faithful Responses to COVID 19