Rector's Statement on Optional Reopening of Churches
As Christians, we are called to care for all people, respecting the dignity of every human being (Book of Common Prayer, 305). To care for the sick, poor, strangers, all of God's people (Matthew 25:34-46). The Episcopal Church encourages everyone to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). These measures are to assure that we, as a community of faith gathered, do no harm to those in our midst. We have engaged the facts and current understanding, not hype and misinformation, to encourage parishioners to stay connected in fellowship. We ask your understanding that connecting via email, text and phone instead of in-person in our house of worship, is done out of an abundance of love for each other.
By now, you may or may not have seen or heard that the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma has released guidelines for the optional reopening of churches on Sunday, June 14, 2020. I have read the guidelines and, in consultation with the senior and junior warden, have determined that these guidelines are simply that - guidelines. After reviewing them, and after a time of deep prayer and discernment, I am not entirely convinced that we should reopen Trinity at this time. Even with the guidelines presented by the diocese, and considering the expert recommendations at hand, I cannot, as of today, be assured that we could keep everyone safely engaged. To that end, we will not be reopening Trinity until such time as I am deeply convinced that we can safely, and with no reservation, invite everyone back to this wonderful place we call our spiritual home. We will continue to offer live streaming Sunday services, TrinityConnect each day, and other opportunities to gather virtually. Please know that it is out of love that we do these things. Know that we will one day soon be back together, and I look forward to that glorious day!