Christ Church Parish
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ALL IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES ARE SUSPENDED
UNTIL THE END OF THE COVID19 EMERGENCY
The Center for Spirituality offers online classes and seminars
starting in September 2020 (click below)
Priest's Letter - August 2020
The pandemic has created havoc in our minds, even in those who might not perceive it clearly. We are humans, after all. The best we can do is to remain as calm as possible and return to inner calm after we lose it. I gratefully acknowledge that our desire to be together and to make the parish work for the benefit of all are the engine of what we do, including when we disagree or put pressure on each other. Personally, I am still very much sorry that about half of the parish is not able to connect online, and I will keep calling everybody who is in such situation.
Rabbi E. H. Friedman writes that the characteristics of a "society in regression" are: reactivity, herding, blame displacement, a quick-fix mentality, which in turn are a fertile ground for bad leadership. In short, reactivity means acting in reaction to events or other people's words before thinking, herd mentality means that people don't say what they mean for fear of disrupting a togetherness perceived as frail, blame displacement is the well-known inability at accepting responsibility or negative events and, consequently, resorting to blaming somebody for what is happening, and the quick-fix mentality means, of course, avoiding dealing with complex problems and solutions. As a portion of a society at large which suffers from such ailments, our parish cannot call itself free from such attitudes. I am underlining this mostly as a preventative measure, because the weeks and months ahead might still put a lot of pressure on us. I am proud of leading a parish in which I can ask my people to mind these pitfalls, and I am certain that they will, so that I can keep trying to exercise the best leadership I can.
CHRIST CHURCH PARISH - 1127N San Antonio Avenue, Ontario, California, 91762