IFCGM Statement on COVID-19

IFCGM Statement on COVID-19
March, 2020

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee notes with concern the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the world and our nation. Our prayers and meditation from our various faith traditions are holding up all those who suffer physically, psychologically, socially and economically from the effects of the virus.

According to current science, the physical dangers of this pandemic are grave and should be taken seriously. We call upon the leaders of our faith communities to pay attention to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and all other federal and state agencies as they relate to issues around sanitation of worship spaces and methods of gathering for worship.

We call upon our leaders in all areas of society, particularly our representatives in state and federal government, to work quickly in a cooperative manner to bring the necessary resources to bear in containing and mitigating this Pandemic, as well as addressing the socio/economic cost it bears.

We call upon all people of faith to continue to pray and work to alleviate the suffering of those affected, to show compassion for them, and to do all we can to prevent further contagion. This is a time of both sober caution and confident courage.

Most important of all is that we take care of ourselves and each other, especially the most vulnerable in our midst. This cannot be a time to fan the flames of suspicion, greed or hate.  The measure of our society will be found in the way we respond to this challenge.

We are one in our humanity, and we face this together.

(Issued by Pardeep Singh Kaleka, Interfaith Executive Director; and the Rev. David Simmons, Intrerfaith Cabinet Chair)



The Center for Disease Control COVID-19 Site 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Page 

Wisconsin Council of Churches Faith-Based Response to Coronavirus: