A Message from the rector, senior warden, and junior warden on making a small sacrifice for the sake of others.

Dear friends,

After many months of seeking to calibrate appropriate responses and observe safe protocols in light of the COVID-19 virus, the leadership of St. John the Divine - as in churches all over the country - continues to navigate as wisely as we can changing conditions in the status of the pandemic.

On multiple occasions in recent weeks, this space has communicated our collective need to restore some previous safety measures when indoors (e.g. in worship) due to the well-known resurgence of infections and hospitalizations from the so-called Delta variant of the virus. For many, these measures have seemed like a step back, especially given the effectiveness of vaccines. While returning to wearing masks indoors at SJD for all in-person attendees is disappointing, we believe it is absolutely a wise course of action and ask for your help in observing this protocol. We are hopeful it will be temporary and are looking to the larger good of making a small personal sacrifice for the sake of others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention communicates plainly:

To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Therefore, we are asking again that all attendees while in worship and at indoor events on campus please wear a mask. We understand that the vast majority of our attendees are vaccinated and may not fear the prospect of being hospitalized with the virus. But again, it is less for our sake than for the sake of others that we ask your tolerance and observance of this simple measure until the latest surge in the virus subsides. To employ the language of St. Paul, may we look out for each other in this way less as submission to a command than as a test of the genuineness of our love (2 Corinthians 8:8).

We thank you for your grace and understanding.

Leigh Spruill
Larry Lawyer
Senior Warden
Ted Gobillot
Junior Warden
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