Covid pastoral narrative responses
This page is reserved for pastoral and narrative responses to Covid-19. You are welcome to to join the WhatsApp group and, or send responses by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (an automatic reply responds with the link to the WhatsApp group. We’d like to hear of any stories, videos, pastoral or narrative therapeutic questions in response to Covid-19. Pastoral and narrative guest blogging is possible. Any suggestions are welcome.
Vulnerable and fragile
The idea of reframing is often part of the more encompassing notion of reauthoring in narrative work – reauthoring of our lives and relationships that becomes our new or preferred story and how/who we want to be in the world.
What spreads faster than the virus.
Unpacking Covid in sculpture
A concern in the narrative community has been noted that people may be romanticising the various lockdown responses (such as with singing on balconies). To what extent does this represent a class privilege?
Lived wisdom on panic, worry and isolation
Dulwich centre: ” Some of us were thinking during this period of global concern with COVID-19 about the idea of knowledges earned through difficult experiences that might be useful to lend to others. We considered how the mental health consumer/survivor/ex-patient (c/s/x) community doesn’t often have the chance to share the hard won expertise learned through traversing challenging life experiences with folks in other contexts where it might be useful. […] So we called out for contributions of special knowledges around these things from our c/s/x community. ” Read more
The document can be downloaded directly from Dulwich here.
Children creating a guide for parents.
From Dulwich Centre here: “Inspired by Mehmet Dinc, from Turkey, a number of narrative practitioners have consulted children in their lives to create a guide for parents during lockdown.”
The first draft document can be accessed here.
For believers ‘joy’ is part of the alternative story
Pastoral and narrative questions to consider
- What is the story/ies of humanity that you see developing? How do you contribute to that?
- How are we being invited to look at care differently; particularly in the helping professions (counselling, psychology, coaching)?
- Recognising vulnerability of certain groups and demographics what is the conversation you are having with yourself, family, community, God on privilege?
- What do you regard as responsible and ‘obedient to God’ theology/faith in this time? What are the effects of your answer on fellow believers and people who don’t believe as you do?
- During unpredictable and out of the ordinary periods, the situation calls forth identities that may have taken a back seat or were even forgotten. What view of yourself, who you have been at different times, and skills and qualities that you’ve used in the past are being called on?
- How can Covid-19 help us enlarge our understanding and experience of living in community?
- What are the therapeutic narratives [discourses, topics, concerns] that most find a voice in this time?
- Much of what people describe as problems to them now (e.g., Anxiety) are not new. How are things different now?
- What are some of the tactics that you consider Corona are employing to get it’s wishes met? (What would Corona say is its wish?)
- What emotions (or ideas about the world) are running the show that leads people to react in certain ways? Why do you think?
- How do you see people connecting in ways that bring people and communities closer in spirit that they haven’t done prior to Covid-19?
- In what way do you consider humanity sharing or suggesting creative activities for during lockdown, unique outcomes? Are the suggestions in and of itself a unique outcome? Why?
- Some of [these] he questions on the website made me think about the big things that we can reclaim in this time, and I am practicing / trying to apply that even as I do my project work from home with colleagues off-site:) 😊. I have thought of some questions from an “near” perspective (as it touches my own life and experiences)? What I’m thinking about:
Confirming your contribution to act against this Corona COVID-19 virus:
o What is your contribution towards your own health and safety and care and security and food and shelter in gearing up for the lock down?
o What abilities did you use that surprised you?
o Where in your youth/ childhood did you first start exercising the this ability?
o Who guided you to do so? Perhaps a mother/ grandfather/ teacher who gave you a task to do and watched try and try again and succeed?
- Acknowledging the wisdom of older people, who also happens to be the most fragile and lonely:
o What OLDER people can we connect to that was there when the [other epidemics] hit [the country] and all schools and sports activities were cancelled?
o What stories do these people have to tell?
o What was horrible about that? And how did you survive Horribleness? Say sports was your only best thing at the time, how did you find alternative pleasure/ exercise?
o How did you deal with the Isolation and what tips can you offer young people of today; those who did not suffer in [those epidemics] and may benefit from your wisdom? What of this wisdom can you apply now [in your situation]f?
Theological reflection and questions
Please remember, and be respectful of, that people’s theological/ faith lenses differ considerably. Faith can help (be, or be part of, the alternative story) or it can hurt.
- What does the Bible say about the Corona virus?
- Joint statement a call to work together
- During times like this many people would say that God is ‘punishing us.’ One of the challenges is that with everything happening (droughts, pandemic, and other forms of hardship) it leads to a perspective of God then always seen to be punishing. How do we reconcile an understanding of God being loving with one that is (by implication when looking at pandemics, droughts, and more) as ‘always’ punishing. What should shift in our understanding of God?
Theological agency, neighbourliness, unquestioned commitments
Pastorale sleutels vir ‘n Covid 19 grendeltyd -[Afrikaans]
Contributions related to economy [Afrikaans]
Homelessness and COVID-19: Political, institutional and theological capacities and priorities
Narrative or related resources
Narrative practices in times of uncertainty.
SA Covid-19 hotline: 0800 111 132 | 0800 029 999 (Note potentially high call volumes)
Coram Deo counselling online: Free for those specifically and adversely affected by Covid-19.
https://www.covidvisualizer.com/ (” We wanted people to be able to see this as something that brings us all together. It’s not one country, or another country; it’s one planet – and this is what our planet looks like today. “)
Timeline of the history of vaccines
Statistical news sources:
In narrative practice the emphasis is on rich description of the specific contexts of people’s lives. Statistics does not offer rich descriptions. Yet in national interest we include these trusted sources. We welcome any references to rich descriptions of experience in this time.
You are welcome to send the links to websites and information that is seen as trustworthy and helpful in your region or country. By default we list that of South Africa adn WHO and some others.
- World health organisation
- Helping children cope
- National institute for communicable diseases
- Small business debt relief and here.
- Dedicated Corona data free official website.
- SA Corona virus dedicated site.
- Active Twitter of Department of Health
DoH Emergency Hotline 0800-029999