Dear UCEA Community,
One year ago today the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus pandemic. On that day, the world came to a grinding halt and began 365 days of social distancing/isolation in order to stop the spread. In that time, we have seen over 500,000 deaths in the USA and over 2.5 million worldwide.
Those statistics seem so far away and yet I know that they are also very personal. We know people we care about who have lost loved ones, some of us have lost loved ones, we have lost colleagues, and we have seen the loosening of the ties that bind our scholarly community. These past few days have been especially heavy as I – like many – have looked back at what we’ve been through. It has been a long and painful year.
Even as I try to wrap my head around all the changes that have occurred in our homes, communities, and schools this past year, I keep coming back to the words of Thich Nhat Hanh, who urges us to not close our eyes to suffering and to find ways to be with those who are suffering. In doing so we awaken compassion and find peace and purpose as “instruments” of compassion.
Healing from the coronavirus pandemic, individually and as part of a global community, will take time and hope and compassion. One thing I know with certainty about our organization-we will be here for each other throughout this next year – no matter what it brings.
Headquarters will be here for you.
I will be here for you.