A balancing act?

A balancing act?

Can nursing home stay open if infection numbers continue to rise? Yes, says the evangelical bishop of Baden. Because it is about much more than only the protection of health.

The Protestant Bishop of Baden, Jochen Cornelius-Bundschuh, has spoken out in favor of retirement homes and workshops for the disabled remaining accessible during the Corona pandemic. Even if infection figures continue to rise, visits, pastoral care and end-of-life care must be possible in the coming months, the state bishop told the state synod meeting in Bad Herrenalb on Wednesday.

After all, the "protection of health and the care for a dignified life and death in faith belong indissolubly together."

Corona as a chance for change?

In his bishop's report, the Protestant theologian also called attention to the social upheavals in light of the Corona pandemic. While many people are afraid of this, others see it as an opportunity for change. Because of the Corona pandemic, the fall conference was reduced from five to two days.

Church and society must "rebalance fundamental tensions: between freedom and responsibility, between the protection of physical life and the preservation of the dignity of life, between care for those who are near and responsibility for those who are far away," said the regional bishop. He described it as "impressive" how quickly many congregations and employees "courageously, creatively and prudently" found ways to shape church life in the lockdown.

Critical inquiries of the church are important

But he said the church also faces uncomfortable questions about whether it has spoken and acted boldly enough. The critical requests for church presence during the lockdown showed how important the ies of faith and church are to society, and reflected high expectations of "how faith should provide support in the crisis."

Quite a few people saw the Corona period as an opportunity for creative renewal, for example in developing digital preaching, the regional bishop said. However, he said, it has become clear how costly these online formats are. It is necessary to ask what is lost if "we only meet at a digital distance"."

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