The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading anxiety throughout the world. Social distancing has been the prescribed method for “flattening the curve,” so as not to overwhelm the health care system. However, for some, social distancing has resulted in feelings of isolation. Such “radical aloneness” can have a debilitating impact on some people, with both psychological and physiological implications.

In the midst of such anxiety and potentially debilitating consequences for some people, there is also an opportunity for church leaders to reach out to people in a spirit of care and compassion. This program – “Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation: A Family Systems Perspective” – will invite participants to reflect on how this time of social distancing can be used to facilitate life-giving connections with others.

Offered by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center, the webinar is being presented twice by the Rev. Richard Blackburn, the center’s director emeritus and senior consultant, via Zoom:

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. (CT) Thursday, May 14
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. (CT) Wednesday, May 27.  

Advance registration completed two days before each event is $30 plus processing fees per person, and may be completed here. (Late registration will cost $40 plus processing fees.) After registration fees are paid, link information will be sent to participants.

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