Alka's Angle

  • The last 7 days have been a whirlwind of emotions. Our whole world has changed with the killing of #GeorgeFloyd. Let me be clear though! I am not saying this was the first time it happened, but that video of the brutal assault has become an undeniable evidence for the world. And, the world is responding! Yes, the world! There are reports of protests in London, Paris, the Netherlands and some 50 cities world-wide -- all protesting against the pandemic of racism. 

  • "Please, I can't breathe!" Those were the words that George Floyd screamed as the officer kept his knee and pressure on the throat! Friends, I hope this incident has enraged you as much as it has angered me. There is no reason a human should be treated this way. There is no reason for one person to take another persons's life. There is no reason for this. 

  • We have many suggestions! I know many of us pay close attention to the daily briefings from the White House, Governor Pritzker and/or Mayor Lori Lightfoot, and may have heard the Federal announcement asking governors to order all places of worship to open. Our governor has maintained the re-opening in phases -- according to which we will be in phase 3 (which would allow gathering of 10 persons or less) by the end of this week. Our Mayor is clear that Chicago is not ready for phase 3 yet!

  • This Sunday we are attempting a Virtual Hymn Sing! Robert is very excited about this. I am looking forward to it....When can we sing together? Well, that would be a while! ...Even when the state allows it, we will have to be careful in getting all our precautional plans in place before we can safely be back in the building...Whatever we do, it will be keeping all of our people in mind and we are aware that even with that, every person will decide for themselves -- based on their own needs and comfort. In the meantime, we will continue to be the community that Broadway is and support one another virtually. 

  • I am having a hard time keeping track of how many days we have been following the ‘safe at home’ orders. I had to look that up! This is our 9th week. And many of us have gotten used to this new way of being and working (no, I did not say everyone), and even though we all have some rough days -- generally we are learning to be in this new reality! For this I am grateful.