Minister's Post, Fri Sep 17

Dear Ones,

To all of you who came out for the afternoon service last Sunday: thanks so much for your presence. It was great to see you all!

The weather should be nice for Sun Sep 19 afternoon, too. I hope to see you there!

And please do sign up for a Journey Group. Sign up here:


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

The Sep 12 worship service, "Ingathering Water Ceremony," is here:

See our channel for many other past services HERE.

Covid Review

The Worldwide numbers are not reliable, and likely are greatly underestimating the actual prevalence of Covid-19. These numbers may nevertheless give us an indication of trends.

New Cases
Average New Cases per Day, worldwide:
Peak week (Apr 23-29): 828,292
Lowest since peak (Jun 15-21): 360,505
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 658,004
Last week (Sep 3-9): 582,772
This week (Sep 10-16): 537,849

Average New Cases per Day, US:
Peak week (Jan 5-11): 255,847
Lowest since peak: (Jun 15-21): 11,955
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 144,215
Last week (Sep 3-9): 149,453
This week (Sep 10-16): 150,061

Average New Cases per Day, Westchester County, NY:
Highest week of 2020 (Mar 23-29): 949
Lowest week, post-peak, of 2020 (Aug 19-25): 29
Highest week of 2021 (Jan 6-12): 861
Lowest week of 2021 (Jun 17-23): 11
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 201
Last week (Sep 3-9): 156
This week (Sep 10-16): 182

Average Deaths per Day, worldwide:
Peak week (Jan 20-26): 14,808
Lowest since peak (Jun 29 - Jul 5): 7,693
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 9,980
Last week (Sep 3-9): 8,922
This week (Sep 10-16): 8,654

Average Deaths per Day, US:
Peak week (Jan 7-13): 3,517
Lowest since peak (Jul 2-8): 247
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 1,086
Last week (Sep 3-9): 1,446
This week (Sep 10-16): 1,621

Average Deaths per Day, Westchester County, NY:
Highest week of 2020 (Apr 6-12): 52
Lowest week, post-peak, of 2020 (Sep 27 - Oct 3): 0.0
Highest week of 2021 (Jan 28 - Feb 3): 11
Lowest week of 2021 (Jul 21-27): 0.0
Four weeks ago (Aug 13-19): 0.4
Last week (Sep 3-9): 0.9
This week (Sep 10-16): 1.3

Worldwide, new cases have been declining since Aug 30, and are now down 18% since Aug 30. Deaths declined 15% from Aug 25 to Sep 13, and since then have flattened out, with some days of small increase.

In the US, new cases declined by 11% from Sep 2 to Sep 10. New cases are now up 1.6% since Sep 10. Deaths declined from Sep 3 to Sep 7, but are now back up to 5.6% higher than they were on Sep 3.

The US vaccination continues to slowly climb at about 1 percentage point every 10 days. The percent fully vaccinated is up to 54.9 (Sep 16) -- from 51.4% a month ago (Aug 16), and 49.0% two months ago (Jul 16). Meanwhile, the Westchester County fully-vaccinated rate is now 66.6% -- up from 63.2% on Aug 16, and 60.5% on Jul 16.

A week ago, the trends were downward. Worldwide, that trend held this week. But in Westchester, as in the US overall, the rates of new cases and deaths are flat or inching upward. Be careful out there!

Practice of the Week


Last week’s practice was: “Choose Your Spiritual Practice." Almost any activity can a spiritual practice IF you do it mindfully, you do it with intention to cultivate spiritual development, and you establish a foundation of spiritual orientation.

How do you establish a foundation of spiritual orientation? The foundation is a three-legged stool: journaling, study, and stillness.

Today I’ll talk about journaling. Journal writing is a voyage to the interior. There are many approaches to journaling. Here’s one.

1. Set aside a time each day. The best time is usually either first thing in the morning, or last thing before bed.

2. When the time comes, set a timer for 10 minutes. Once it starts, keep your pen moving and "let the pen do the thinking."

3. Start with gratitude. Begin by making a quick list of 3-5 things you're feeling grateful for. Then, for the remainder of your time: What emotions arose in the last 24 hours? What intentions do you have for the next 24 hours? What is your greatest anxiety right now?

4. When time is up, stop – even if it’s mid-sentence.

With journaling, study, and stillness, you establish a foundation to support some other activity – gardening, hiking, or playing music, say, as your primary spiritual practice.

For more on the spiritual practice of journaling, see the post "Start a Journal."


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