A note from the Center: Our mission in the time of quarantine

By

Sarah Lords

Dear Friends,

What an unnerving and unprecedented time this is for us all. Caught up in a rapidly evolving public health crisis, many of us feel as though we’ve woken up in a new world, one saturated in uncertainty and anxiousness.

We at the Center are not immune to these concerns. As we grapple with our new reality, we are committed to continuing to serve our communities: our faculty, students, and members of the broader public—you.

While the course of COVID-19 is uncertain, a few things are clear to us:

We remain committed to engaging today’s most pressing issues and promoting understanding on religion’s role in public life. “I feel like the coronavirus is making our society more philosophical,” a student was overheard saying. Although he said it with a rather uneasy chuckle, his comment points to the way this crisis opens up some of life’s biggest questions: about our health and the pursuit of a good life, about the future, about how we live together and find meaning in the world we share.

We want to provide you with meaningful knowledge in these uncertain times. The value of accurate information and expert insight becomes all the more evident in the time of COVID-19. Working with our network of faculty, we want to offer you understanding and perspective on how religion, history, and culture shape responses to today’s concerns and can help us make decisions for our future.

We need to come together as a community. Although we, among many others, have put our public events on hold, we believe that now, more than ever, is a time to stay connected and engaged. We at the Center are committed to getting creative as we find new, innovative ways to share and affirm our community’s strength, wisdom, and humanity.

We remain grateful for your support. Thank you—as always, but especially now—for being part of our community. Common struggles yield solidarity. Even as we are separated, we’re all in this together.

Please take care of yourselves out there. And stay tuned—you’ll be hearing from us in the days to come.

Wishing you all health, resilience, and peace,
The CSRC Team