Bulletin 50 – Summer 2020

Dear Readers,

Climatic changes, drought among other things, are definitely a threat we are all facing. In the Czech Republic at the moment, however, this does not seem to be the case. It is June, but summer seems to have forgotten to come. The heat that would often start to get quite intense at this time of year is nowhere to be found, not in our country. It just keeps raining, on and on. At least up until now. That is great news for the nature!

The world is still very much focused on the “Chinese virus”, let us hope it is slowly starting to lose its power; we are very grateful that our country managed to cope with the epidemic quite well and wish the same to the people from the countries around us. Let us keep the whole affected world in our prayers.

It is almost hard to believe how the pandemic really brought out the best in our society, people have clung together, started sewing face masks at home and giving them away to anyone who needed them, healthcare workers have been working round the clock, and the same applies to many social workers, nurses in elderly people’s homes and many others.

In this context, I think it is also important to mention priests: the ministers of the ECCB, but also of other churches. Although Sunday services could not take place, ministers actually had more work than the usual: to make sure the word of God reaches out to everyone even when churches are closed, Sunday services were broadcast online. And let’s not forget, this year’s Easter took place in the middle of the pandemic!

Some of the texts in this edition of the Bulletin also deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. I would also like to draw your attention to an article in which one of the ECCB’s ministers describes his ongoing stay with the Church of Scotland, in Lockerbie. The situation isn’t easy for him, either – he, too, has been preparing online Sunday services, dealing with all the technical aspects, preparing the lyrics…

Dear friends, my wish for all of us is that the this pandemic frenzy is over as soon as possible, so we can spend the summer freely and meaningfully.

Peace be with us all.

On behalf of tJana_Pliskovahe Editorial Board

Jana Plíšková