My, my, my. What a time we are finding ourselves in as a local, national, and global community. As information is changing daily, if not hourly, on this virus, The Open Table will do our best to keep this updated on how our community will continue to gather and support one another at this time.
As a staff, we are all working remotely from home. We want to heed warnings from the CDC and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe as we help flatten the curve. If you are able to, we encourage you to do the same. We know not everyone has this ability due to their jobs, family situation, health benefits, and other complications. We will be in conversation in the coming weeks about how to aid our community, so we can point you to helpful resources.
Regarding our gatherings:
Due to the COVID-19 and the most recent KCMO restriction on gatherings of 10+ people, we will be moving all our gatherings ONLINE for the remainder of the month and all of April, affecting our gatherings on 3/22, 4/12, 4/26. After this period, we will reevaluate and update our community on next steps.
In regards to our next gathering, this Sunday (3/22), our Taizé service will be moved online. We will be offering a guided meditation for you to participate in your own time. During our normal gathering time from 6:30-7:30pm CST on 3/22, we will offer spiritual care opportunities online via Zoom. Need to connect with people during self-isolation? Want to discuss self-care practices and rituals with others? Join us in a time of virtual connection and reflection with others. You can find the link for Sunday’s virtual gathering HERE. We will update you on other online gatherings as we finalize plans.
KCMO and COVID-19:
You can find up-to-date local KCMO news here on the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
What about our gathering meals?
We will not be offering food at this time. However, here are some local resources if you need help and access to food and shelter. If you have the capabilities, consider donating to these local organizations as well. If a specific need is had, please contact us on staff and we will do what we can to assist you or point you to organizations that may be of service. If you know of other services to add, please let us know via email.
Cherith Brook Catholic Worker
Micah Ministry (on pause as of 3/22; may reopen during COVID19 crisis)
Self-Care in a time of Self-Isolation:
We are finishing up our series Embracing our Whole Selves, a series that has focused on self-care, the nuances of grief & trauma, and how privilege, racism and other systemic systems creates barriers to resources essential to our well being. We are now in a crucial, unprecedented time when self-care and slowing down must be considered while self-isolating.
How do we care for ourselves and others while physically isolated? What does spiritual rest look like in this time? How do I receive news information without being overwhelmed?
We are all in this together. As more resources and online tools become accessible, we will put those on this list, as well as ways you can contribute to your local city and neighborhood.
Yoga with Sarah Dunne Pickrell (email on her site)
Artists Resources and Hang Outs (open mics, creative times, and more)
Choirtine: an epic social distancing sing-along
Visit Museums Online for Free
Take Ivy League College Courses for Free
InterUrban Art House Classes/Discussions
Kansas City Mutual Aid FB Group
Kansas City Connect Slack Group
A Listening Package in Uncertain Time
Dance Class + performances with @teddytedholm on Instagram Live