Vol 22 No 7 October/November 2007
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"The peace of the Christ be with you always," says the pastor.
It is a familiar phrase heard in worship that prompts the congregation to respond, "and also with you." The ensuing fellowship, handshakes and hugs, is also very commonplace to us.
As featured in this issue's article on "Pandemic Planning" (page 8), cold and flu season can cause quite the conundrum to our usually structured format of sharing the peace.
If you're under the weather, how does one politely get out of the seemingly mandatory contact with our fellow parishioners without coming across as rude or unsociable? The Saskatchewan Synod comes to the rescue to offer up some suggestions on their synod pages (page 21).
I recently had the (unfortunate) opportunity to experience this first hand. It wasn't during worship, mind you, but rather during some interviews we were conducting for the editor's position of Canada Lutheran. A cold I had contracted developed quite rapidly and there wasn't time to reschedule the interviews so as each potential candidate arrived I struggled through the awkward moment of turning down the eager, outstretched hand with a (hopefully) polite explanation that I didn't want to pass along my virus. Thankfully, they were all very understanding.
Preparing a Pandemic Emergency Plan is more than just trying to figure out the nuances of how to handle the sharing of the peace. Churches will be called on for the pastoral role they provide in the community and will require innovative ways of "doing church." We hope the articles in this issue provide you with some things for your congregation to think about and some resources to follow-up on.
And what happened with the interviews for the editor's position, you ask? Well, as far as I know, none of the potential candidates caught my cold and . . . I'm delighted to share with you that we have hired a new Canada Lutheran Editor who will be on board around the time we start going into production on our December issue. Lucia Carruthers has a master's degree in magazine journalism and a bachelor's degree in mass communication; she brings with her a wealth of professional experience, a Christian background and the understanding of working with a small staff and a big vision. Lucia and I will work together on the next issue and then I will gladly step back into my regular duties of overseeing the magazine from a strategic point of view and its connection to my other role as Manager of Communications.
Until then, peace be with you.