Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “May you live in interesting times.” Regardless of whether you feel interesting times are a blessing or a curse, there is no question that we are now in interesting times. And, there is also no doubt that our current situation comes with loss, particularly of our wonderful campus community and everything that goes along with it. Many of you have had to leave study-abroad programs. Many of you are in living situations that are uncomfortable and challenging. Many of you will struggle to complete coursework online. Many of you have had much-anticipated spring events cancelled. Many of you are worried about your own physical health, and the health of your family members and friends. We feel your pain, and we grieve with you.
However, all is not lost. In these interesting times, there are also new and interesting opportunities for personal growth, for community-building, and for staying in touch in novel and creative ways. We are working hard to strategize how we might best continue to keep the bonds of our community strong, and to make sure that you all know that while you may be out of sight, you are certainly not out of mind.
Speaking personally now, as your chaplain, I want to assure you of several things. First, if you are staying on campus, the house is open and the kitchen is stocked with food. We don’t want you to go hungry, so please come by and make yourself a meal, or pick up a snack. Second, I am around and available to meet—practicing good social distancing—either in person or virtually. Here is my cell number, and you are welcome to text or call me: (717) 476-0984. Third, note in this newsletter some possibilities for staying in touch. We will continue to send out information as we update ways that you can keep connected with us and others. Finally, and most importantly, be kind to yourself and to others, and how grace where you can. This is a very difficult time for many people, and the more we can be a supporting, loving presence to each other, the better we will all get through this. Be safe, be well, and be of good courage.
—Chaplain Kristin Largen