Even as the US passes through the eye of the storm prior to the inevitable surge in the pandemic due to the new, more transmissible strains of COVID-19, Grace Episcopal Alexandria, the clergy perjury parish, continues to ignore diocesan policies to prevent the transmission of the virus. That’s worrisome news, given the high percentage of parishioners who are 65+ or otherwise at elevated risk of severe outcomes due to infection.
Nor are diocesan policies tough to figure out: In a nutshell, they require minimal human interaction, for the least time possible. These are set forth in writing, and are simple common sense.
Consider: Diocesan policy is that work should only be done in church offices if it cannot be done elsewhere, and that persons should only be present for the period of time necessary to accomplish those tasks. Why then is the church office open from 9-3 every day? That’s particularly concerning given the age and risk profile of most office volunteers.
And, before the reverse-conspiracy types at the church start on about how no one knew, or claiming that this is a figment of my imagination, here is the screen cap from the diocesan website, for all the world to see:
Next, we turn to the diocesan policy regarding live-streaming services. Among the requirements: No on-site singing, and the fewest number of participants possible.
Here’s the screen cap:
Compare this to the list of participants from the Candelmas bulletin:
And while the Candlemas video doesn’t indicate how many people were in the ensemble from the choir, past videos reveal that there are typically four people:
Thus, assuming the altar guild flower arranger wasn’t present, we get 14 people. Hardly the minimum number needed to livestream worship.
And folks involved should know better, particularly Erica McFarquhar.
Nor are these the only issues. For example, at various times the bell choir has participated in services. And while participants were masked and socially distanced, a number of participants are old enough to be at high risk. Thus, at a time when officials are recommending that even in-person trips to get groceries be curtailed, why is the church ignoring these strictures?
All of this underscores an important point about Grace Episcopal Alexandria, which is the more things change, the more they stay the same. So why does Grace Church always feel that it can do whatever the heck it wants, any time it wants, even if that means hurting others or putting people at risk? We get that perjuring priest Bob Malm liked wandering around in the dark, oblivious to the steps and other surrounding hazards, but this tendency is far too common in the parish as a whole.
For the record, there is no excuse for putting people at risk, particularly as we face the looming tsunami of new COVID infections. To do so is childish, foolish, and un-Christian, and you can quote me on that.