The Episcopal Church has issued the following statement concerning the current swine flu outbreak.
The Episcopal Church recommends that its dioceses actively review the most current information about swine flu in order to make decisions based on local practices and safety concerns in our church communities.
Episcopal Relief & Development is closely monitoring the needs related to swine flu by remaining in regular contact with public health officials and authorities on both national and local levels. Episcopal Relief & Development is also reaching out to potential collaborative responders through the network of agencies affiliated with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters.
In addition, extensive information about preparing for the swine flu and other potential pandemic influenza outbreaks is available to our dioceses and all faith communities on the Episcopal Relief & Development’s web site www.er-d.org. This site links to strong examples of pandemic preparedness plans and offers resources that can help people to provide for congregational gathering needs should an outbreak occur.
In anxious times, the Episcopal Church remains a welcoming presence and offers comfort to all.