A Note from Dean Kittredge
March 15, 2020
Dear Members of the Community of Southwest:
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us again of how connected we are – through technology, economy, and travel.
As a Christian community we seek to be faithful to our values and be responsible to the wide human family.
On Friday, March 13, Southwest leadership made the decision to close our campus- effective immediately- and begin implementing a plan to operate remotely. This will include convening our classes virtually until at least April 11th.
Please refer to our comprehensive COVID-19 Response website for more details and information.
The decisions we make about campus closures and procedures are guided by the most up to date advice from public health professionals and others with appropriate authority. The welfare of our seminary community is foremost in our planning.
While “social distancing” is the recommended strategy to slow the spread of the disease, the practice of “social distancing” presents a spiritual and emotional challenge for a community centered around person to person formation and worship.
The loss of the physical community is a great sadness to me and to staff and faculty who have tremendous affection for each other and for students and visitors. I encourage us all to make an effort to stay connected with one another during a stressful time. I’ve asked them to reach out to their colleagues and family to offer and receive support. I ask each of you to do the same.
Please see below a link to a short video I recorded on Friday for our students, faculty, staff. I plan to do all I can to stay connected with them – and you – during this time.
I invite you to please join me in praying for all communities who will suffer from this crisis – and for all those who are tasked with the oversight and leadership. I hope that we, as a community, can model the calm and informed behavior that will be required of us to be effective leaders in this ever-more complicated world.
“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” Romans 12:9-13