Reopening your facilities

So, you want to reopen your facility now that the Stay At Home orders are being lifted. What does that look like? You may want to hire a consultant, a set of outside eyes, to help you evaluate your facility and offer some guidance. A good consultant can help you: Assess and analyze occupancy and space utilization. Plan for social distancing and sanitization Coordinate pedestrian circulation and flow Adapt flexible spaces for safe, multi-functional use Direct signage wording a

Hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints

Whether you attribute the saying to St. Augustine or St. John Chrysostom in the 4th - 5th centuries, Abigail Van Buren in the 20th century, or Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, the assertion that the church should be a "hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints" rings true throughout the ages. Churches are called to minister to the least, the last, and the the margins of society. Too often, our churches become country clubs or museums for the saints rather than ho

To open or not to open? That is the question.

I was recently asked by two churches representing two different denominations to sit on committees exploring how and when to re-open their churches following the COVID-19 closures. Both churches' committees consist of clergy and staff, as well as lay people from the congregation. And, each has members representing different viewpoints on re-opening churches. Some are of the opinion that corporate worship together in their sacred space with their revered liturgies and worship