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In the midst of COVID-19, we have seen the cracks in our care for one another, where our mutual responsibility and interdependence as communities have broken down... The same is true in the church. We recognized that we have always had shut-ins and those unable to gather with us for worship. Now we have developed ways to connect with them online. Will we continue to stay connected? We have recognized again that racism lives in our society and institutions. Will we look inside the church and be willing to make changes so that our leadership and structures embody the diversity of our whole church?

As our world opens up again, will we simply try to go back to the way things were before the pandemic? Or will we pay attention to what we have seen and commit to new ways of mutual care and responsibility within the church and in the world around us? Will we ensure that the cracks, gaps, exclusions and discrimination are not just papered over with good intentions but are addressed with action?

Read Abp Linda Nicholls' article at