By Steve Matthews
More and more people are talking about “Caution Fatigue” or “COVID Fatigue.” If it has a name it must be real, right? If you are like me, you don’t need a name to know that it takes a lot of energy and conscientiousness to be safe and cautious these days. As we see people abandoning recommended safe practices for the sake of relationships, connection, and “normalcy,” we are reminded that many in our communities are tired and weary and often frustrated. But we have to be vigilant and continue thinking of our most vulnerable populations.
“Caution Fatigue” shows up in church too. Many are anxious to get back into their church buildings. Some are tired of Zoom gatherings. Pastors and priests are weary too. And then there is the question of outreach. How do we continue to fulfill this part of our mission when our traditional methods may have been abandoned for safety’s sake? Perhaps we don’t feel like we have the energy for outreach with all of the other demands on us these days. OR perhaps we are being invited into new ways of considering outreach to our neighbors and those most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Is it possible that a fresh approach might actually give us some of our energy back? Could outreach be a source of connection that rejuvenates us? Here are some suggestions:[Read more…]