29th June 2021
The Bishop of Derby’s Covid-19 Update
29 June 2021
The latest advice, links to guidance, and answers to FAQs are available on
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From Bishop Malcolm
This coming Sunday, 4 July, has been named a national ‘Thank You Day’. Just as many of us last
week were able to express our gratitude on ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, I hope as churches we can all join in in saying that ‘thank you’ to all those who have worked so hard through the pandemic, often at risk to themselves, caring for the sick, providing for our needs, and protecting us from harm. Even if this is the first we have heard of this special day, it is not too late to do something to say our own heartfelt ‘thank you’.
Of course, after all that has happened, thanksgiving will lead to reflection on what it means to ‘build back better’. I have been reminded this week of one area where there is much we could do as local churches.
In February this year, the Office for National Statistics showed that 60% of the deaths from Covid-19 were disabled people. Many people will have assumed that is because they are ‘vulnerable’ or have ‘pre-existing conditions’ and that has made them, in some ways, expendable.
The figures actually indicate that the raised figures were as much a matter of pre-existing equalities linked to poverty, cramped housing and unequal access to healthcare. It has been even more deadly to ‘Black and Asian disabled people’.[The Guardian – 24 June 2021]
Each of us is wonderfully made in God’s image, and nobody is less valuable or expendable. In moving forward, how are we as churches to reflect this view of disabled people? And how can we enable them to respond fully to God’s call on their lives? If, like me, you would like to follow this up, or know someone who could help us do so, please get in touch with our Disability Inclusion Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, let us give thanks, especially for God’s love reflected in human kindness.
‘I thank God every time I remember you…’ Philippians 1.3
With every blessing,
Bishop of Repton
Collect of the day for Peter and Paul
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul
glorified you in their death as in their life:
grant that your Church,
inspired by their teaching and example,
and made one by your Spirit,
may ever stand firm upon the one foundation,
Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.