As you know, both WashU and SLU have chosen to cancel in-person instruction and to move to distance learning for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester. Students (living on campus) have been instructed to return to their permanent address.
Right now so many things feel heavy, and confusing. Many of you have been sent home from school, others are returning to the States from Study Abroad, some are still deciding what to do, and where to go. Heading home from school so abruptly and leaving friends and community behind is disappointing and sad. You're left feeling a loss of independence that heading off to college and living away from home brings.
This year at UKirk has brought me so much joy. Getting to know each of you, to laugh with you, play games, eat meals and worship with you. I'm incredibly saddened to have our community interrupted in this way.
In this time I'm reminded of Christ's words in the gospel of Luke, "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing....do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things and God knows that you need them. Instead, strive for God's kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well." (Luke 12:22-23;29-31).
These words keep me optimistic and positive that our community is strong enough and cares about one another deep enough that we can continue to share in our lives together, even if how we do so looks a little different.
The way that we as the UKirk community will join in worship and fellowship with one another will change for a time, but it DOES NOT mean that we do not have opportunities to connect with one another for prayer, study, laughter and fun.
Below, you will find our next steps. These are difficult decisions to make. As Christians, we are called to care for our neighbors. It is imperative that we take precautions as a community to care for the public health and safety of those who are most vulnerable.
Keep your heads up, reach out to your friends, guard yourselves assumptions, wash your hands and know that you are loved.