Information about the May BACAR Forum
Concern and caution have been on everyone’s mind for weeks now as we have faced a strange and surreal change in our lives. The Bay Area Conference of Associates and Religious has stepped up to initiate a forum to air these concerns and look toward ways to cope with today and tomorrow in the darkness of the coronavirus. As Ilia Delio, OSF, has advised, “Out of chaos, a star is born. Breakdown can be break through if we recognize a new pattern of life struggling to emerge.” After a brief prayer, introduction, and overview of the First Pandemic Forum, participants divided into several breakout rooms for discussion of three questions where many thoughts surfaced. Here is a sampling of some of the concerns and thoughts that we found.
We are worried about many things beginning with family and friends – •families are scared and struggling, •some people are not taking necessary precautions, •the poor, homeless, and asylum seekers are suffering.
We can still seek spiritual nourishment in God, myself, and others – •this time can be a spiritual period of grace, education has shown immense creativity, •online media has increased the possibilities for spiritual growth.
We have ideas to grow during this time of chaos –use of the media has inspired us, listening and watching online retreats has helped us to cope, sharing ideas through online conferencing has kept us engaged. To see more of what we discussed, continue to navigate our website for the Facilitator Report Summary of this Forum. Join us next time for BACAR Pandemic Forum #2: May 6, 2020 at 10:00 am PST. Mailchimp will be announcing the link soon if you are on our mailing list. If you know someone who would like to be on our mailing list, please contact Elizabeth Avalos, firstname.lastname@example.org.