COVID-19 Related Resources

(This page was updated 7/26/21)

Care-filled Worship and Sacramental Life in a Lingering Pandemic  (This is a comprehensive update from the consultation on Ecumenical Protocols for Worship, Fellowship, and Sacramental Practices. Incorporating the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, this update informs decision making and basic practices of Christian worship and congregational life. The ELCA has been a partner in this consultation throughout the pandemic.)   posted 7-26-21

Bishop Jaech Letter of COVID Updates July 2, 2021 

Bishop Jaech Letter on Re-Opening Congregations June 4, 2021

Synod Congregations that are providing online worship during COVID-19 quarantine (updated 4/3/20)

Holding Remote Congregational Meetings (8-2020)

Prayers for Times of Public Health Concern: COVID – 19 /Coronavirus  English   Spanish

ELCA Region 1- Hammer and Dance Newsletter (COVID-19 response and resources to be prepared.  

ELCA’s Response to COVID-19 https://www.elca.org/publichealth

Links to local county health departments

ELCA Pandemic Checklist for congregation preparedness 

Congregational Planning Checklist for Public Health Concerns (pdf)

Pastoral Care During COVID-19

Dealing with Grief
https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief

Coronavirus: The Psychological Trauma and PTSD Event.  How this pandemic will result in trauma responses. https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/trauma-and-hope/202003/coronavirus-the-psychological-trauma-and-ptsd-event

The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need: 8 expert tips to help families stay regulated. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/pulling-through/202004/the-pandemic-toolkit-parents-need?eml

COVID-19 Stress, Distress & Trauma Series https://www.neurosequential.com/covid-19-resources

Funeral Planning

State of Washington Funeral and Embalming requirements during the COVID-19 emergency HERE.

ELCA Guidance for Funeral Practices: Ministering to the Bereaved During a Public Health Crisis HERE.