When, before heading out to play golf, President Trump ordered governors to open churches, Rev. Alison Miller was moved to write: "Mr. President, congregations are not buildings. They are the people who gather – and, as a pastor I can attest we have never closed – not for one day. We have just moved to choose life and to center the vulnerable, the oppressed and the well-being of our neighbors." Miller, the pastor of a New Jersey Unitarian Universalist congregation, expressed the feelings of many churchgoers. Here's her letter, in part: "If you were active in a religious community, you would see that we are apart physically, but together all the time online, over the phone, and through letters. We are gathering for worship, prayer, education, community and justice building without ceasing. Our building will remain closed as we heed the current advice of public health officials, scientists and the heartbreak of our people mourning those now gone. Don't you worry. We know we are essential. That is why we are choosing wisely for the health of all people on whom our congregation's future and our country's future rests. It has been challenging to be part of a coalition of healing in the context we find ourselves in with so much food and housing insecurity, inadequate health care access, inequities in education, systemic racism, mass incarceration, income inequality and more." She concludes: "I don't want to hear the U.S. president say that he will bully governors to force open the doors of my sanctuary for prayer. What I long to hear is the voice of a president who is moved by his conscience in the face of so much devastation to admit that we must do better and to grow towards greater acts of compassion, solidarity and humility."–Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO Cover by Felicia Olin

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