Daily COVID-19 Update: June 9, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Madison County and Kentucky COVID-19 update

Kentucky is reporting 245 new cases today and 5 deaths over the weekend.  The plateau is continuing in the Commonwealth.

International update

COVID-19 (quoting from the New York Times):

The number of new daily cases worldwide hit a new high on Sunday, the World Health Organization reported on Monday, warning that the pandemic appeared to be worsening and urging countries that had seen improvement to remain vigilant.

“More than 100,000 cases have been reported on nine of the past 10 days,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organization’s director general, said at a briefing on Monday. “Yesterday, more than 136,000 cases were reported — the most in a single day so far.”

Truly, the international situation is deeply concerning.

Black Lives Matter

On the day that George Floyd was laid to rest in Houston, it is so very encouraging to see that Black Lives Matter demonstrations are now occurring peacefully in many other countries, often with the dual intent of showing solidarity with the peaceful protests in our country and drawing attention to inequalities existing in those other countries, too.

A prayer*

Let us vow to overcome systemic racism, supremacy, and dominator culture in ourselves, our Sanghas, our nations, and our world, in the service of all beings throughout space and time.

Let us commit ourselves to the work of untangling racism’s tenacious tendrils and cultivate the blossoming of a more just world.

Let us pledge to face, acknowledge, study, understand, and hold the weight of our collective karma so that we may show up with clarity, vulnerability, and truthfulness.

Let us commit ourselves to continue with renewed urgency our Bodhisattva work and call for a fresh and coordinated effort to dismantle racism at every level of our culture, society, government, as well as in our Zen communities, and our own hearts;

Let us commit to taking individual actions—such as direct financial support to organizations, protests, educating others, advocacy in places we have privilege and power; and

Let us commit ourselves to creating true refuge for all who breathe,
and for all who cannot breathe.

As Bereans, let us also commit to sharing a “vision of a world shaped by Christian values such as the power of love over hate, human dignity and equality, and peace with justice.”

Lyle Roelofs, President

* This lovely and inspiring prayer was written by members of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association of Brooklyn, NY.  Many thanks to Prof. Jeff Richey for sending it to me to share with all of you.