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Penn Faculty-Staff Christian Forum

Updated: March 23, 2020

      This January our Steering Group decided to declare a “Sabbatical Semester.” We sensed that a change of pace this semester would enable our leadership to direct our energies toward meeting with individuals, facilitating small group gatherings, and networking academic professionals with their colleagues. We could not then know that no one would be holding meetings after mid-March. But God knew… 
      COVID-19 has been a life-changing reality check, for one and all. This week is the first time many faculty have needed to implement virtual course instruction, and most of us are working from home. Yet amid this, many of us have been built up and encouraged by online events like a Tim Keller podcast (“Peace in Times of Suffering and Uncertainty”) and a virtual Veritas Forum this very evening, March 23—“Coronavirus and Quarantine.”
      Christian community forms lasting bonds in times of testing, even if mediated by phone calls, email or video-conferencing. Let us pray for one another and care for one another during these disorienting days! And let us remind ourselves and each other of God’s unchanging character and attributes. He alone is good, all-wise, all-powerful.

      Please let me/us know if we can help you connect with kindred spirits at this time. I am praying for you.

Grateful for your faithful presence at Penn,

Dave DeHuff, for the FSCF Steering Group: Mike Atchison; Gina Barrett; Sharon Fleshman; Phil Gehrman; Alex Lin, M.D.; Ray Townsend, M.D.


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