Six funerals in one week, with five of the deaths related to COVID-19. Pressure to reopen the sanctuary for in-person worship from church members or as an ultimatum from the church board. Ministering “virtually” in a profession that’s built around presence.
Both ordinary and extraordinary, the stresses on pastors and hospital, university and military chaplains during the COVID-19 pandemic are enormous. So the Indiana-Kentucky Conference United Church of Christ is pioneering ways to help clergy cope, using support that includes a UCC COVID-19 Conference Recovery Grant.