For Women’s History Month -- last week, Nicole Williams shared with us the story of Henrietta Lacks. As was mentioned, the book based on her life, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is a New York Times bestseller. There is also a movie made on her life by the same name, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Here's a link to the trailer.
On a completely different note -- the whole world is talking about and is concerned about CORONAVIRUS Disease, also known as COVID-19. I do not wish to create any more anxiety then is already out there, but I also understand that we have many older adults in our community, and, members with compromised Immune systems. For the safety of those persons and all of us, here are a few measures I am inviting we take:
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. (We welcome donations of hand-sanitizers/wipes, if you can find some. We have been looking and buying when we can, but stores are quickly running out of them.)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. (Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.)
I am also attaching this article published by The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). For more information, please visit www.chicago.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, email email@example.com, or call 312-746-4835.
Beloveds, again -- this is not to add to the anxiety that is already out there, but to be sure that all around us stay safe, well and protected. May God be our guide as we commit to making changes in our lives that help us to fully live into our gospel calling and show us a way to live and love fully -- loosening where we need to, changing where we can -- but always remaining faithful to the gospel.