Since March, our nation has been impacted by a series of stunning events and traumas. In less than four months our world has been turned upside down. Who would have expected that over 110,000 Americans would have died from the coronavirus, a pandemic which has swept the world, with New Jersey and New York the worst-hit areas? Who would have expected 40,000,000 Americans would be out of work? On top of this, the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police proved to be the fuel to ignite an explosion of protests, demonstrations and calls for the end of racial discrimination sweeping our nation.
So many lives have been shattered, broken almost beyond recognition. The need for healing and reconciliation is everywhere.
The Outreach Committee welcomes ideas on a program you could begin!
As we hope to move toward recovery in the months ahead, Princeton UMC has funds earmarked as seed money to start new programs to serve the community. From seeds, a mighty forest grows. We – you actually – are invited to help shape events, find a new normal, and build toward a better future. John Wesley’s rule rings truer than ever: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, as long as you can.”
Countless issues face us on the way to healing and recovery. For instance, how do we:
- help our church, community, and nation heal the brokenness revealed by racial inequalities?
- assist people whose jobs are no longer there?
- assist students with new remote learning challenges?
- strengthen our outreach to a shell-shocked community forced to hide and shelter?
- address and cure deep-seated prejudices and racial and other inequalities?
- help the healing process for a community that has gone through these savage crises?
Do you have ideas for sustainable solutions that will help?
We welcome your specific proposals in writing on how you might use funds to begin new initiatives for recovery. Please submit your ideas or refer any questions to:
Karen Longo-Baldwin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jeff Sayre (Jeffcsayre@verizon.net).
We invite your ideas and your personal involvement!
Your Outreach Committee