BEIRUT: Representatives of Regional Ecumenical Organizations and the World Council of Churches shared called for solidarity amid the challenges that communities around the world are facing due to COVID-19.
The religious leaders urged people to take precautions to avoid transmitting the virus.
"It is important and urgent that we adapt our modes of worship and fellowship to the needs of this time of pandemic infection, in order to avoid the risk of becoming sources of viral transmission rather than means of grace. Our faith in the God of life compels us to protect life by doing all that we can to avoid transmitting this virus," they said in a statement.
The religious leaders also stressed that restricted movement should not lead to spiritual isolation.
"Physical distancing does not mean spiritual isolation. This is an opportune time for the churches all over the world to review their role in society by safely ministering to, providing for, and caring for the poor, the sick, the marginalized, and the aged –all those who are most at risk due to COVID-19," the statement said.
The religious leaders also urged people to give greater attention to the needs of the homeless, the incarcerated, the elderly and those already suffering from social isolation.
"We recognize the need for responsible leadership by the state, communities, and faith leaders alike. Governments at all levels must ensure access to correct and timely information, address the situations due to loss of livelihood and employment, especially to provide access to clean water and sanitizers and soap, to safe shelter, and to compassionate care for the most vulnerable, while aware that some of these remain challenges for many across the globe. This is also a time for profound reflection on the common good, good governance, and ethical values rooted in our traditions," the statement added.
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