Sharing Meaningful Resources

This page is a place for St. Paul’s parish members and friends to share with others resources that have meant something important to them personally, during this challenging time. While we may be experiencing anxiety and loss, we are also reimagining and reinventing what our common life looks like, and how we can support one another in solidarity and love.

Spiritual reflections

Is the “final judgment” really final? by David Bentley Hart, recommended by Mother Louise
What are we really doing when all we can do is pray—or not even? by Debra Dean Murphy, recommended by Mthr. Louise
We Can’t Go Back…to Being Focused on Our Own Significance 
by the Very Revd. Nicholas Henshall, recommended by Wally Frey
On the Spirituality of Quarantine
by M. Craig Barnes, recommended by Mthr. Louise
Presence and Perpetual Goodness, an interview with Sister Joan Chittister
Stations of the Cross at St. Paul’s

Wandering the COVID-19 Wilderness by the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, recommended by Fr. Daniel
Spiritual Communion for Incarnational People by Mark Harris, recommended by Wally Frey
Love Alone Overcomes Fear by Richard Rohr, recommended by Fr. Daniel
10 guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak, recommended by the St. Paul’s clergy
Praying in Crisis, recommended by Fr. Daniel
Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed To by N.T. Wright, recommended by Mother Louise
Summary and Lamentation Practice for a Time of Crisis by Richard Rohr, recommended by Mother Louise
Richard Rohr’s daily newsletter and meditation, recommended by Mother Louise
Dear God by Ilia Delio, recommended by Fr. Daniel

Educational opportunities

The Science of Well Being, a free online course offered by Yale, recommended by James van Sandwyk

Journalism and scholarship

The coronavirus pandemic’s unequal burden on African Americans by Dorothy Sanders Wells, recommended by Mthr. Louise
On Coronavirus Lockdown? Look for Meaning, Not Happiness by Emily Esfahani Smith, recommended by Mthr. Louise
Online worship: The Presence and Future of Zoom Eucharists?, recommended by Wally Frey
We have begun the dreaded third quarter of isolation, when — yes — things get weird by James Purtill, recommmended by Fthr. Daniel
The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them by Erin Bromage, recommended by Fthr. Daniel
Priests and Palaces by Serenhedd James, recommended by Wally Frey
All Shall Be Well, Even When It Ain’t Normal 
by Maria Evans, recommended by Wally Frey
No Return to the ‘Old Dispensation’, recommended by Wally Frey
Living in lockdown: how monks and nuns find liberation and isolation, recommended by Brenda Jacobsen 
Screw this Virus!
 by David Brooks, recommended by Wally Frey
Finding the ‘Common Good’ in a Pandemic by Thomas Friedman, recommended by Wally Frey
I Spent a Year in Space, and I Have Tips on Isolation to Share by Scott Kelly, recommended by Fthr. Daniel
Camus on the Coronavirus by Alain de Botton, recommended by Fthr. Daniel
A doctor recommends safe handling of groceries, recommended by Wally Frey
Misinformation, Disinformation, Fake News: Why Do We Care? by the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, recommended by Anne Watkins
This Pandemic Is A Test: But Maybe Not How You Think by Erin Wathen, recommended by Mother Louise

The arts

Daily free livestreams from the Met Opera
Great theater, dance, and classical music to tune into while stuck at home, recommended by Karen Lennon

Meditation, wellness, and more

Down Dog, a currently free, user- and beginner-friendly yoga app
Yoga With Adriene on YouTube, recommended by Jake Street
Dew Yoga, recommended by Ann Russell, behavioral health resources and blog (including a “Coping with Corona” series), recommended by Margaret Watt
Organic Fitness CT, offering free online fitness classes, recommended by Sandy Bria
Some thoughts in a pandemic time, by Jerry Gargiulo

Reflections in poetry

a prayer for times such as these by ruthi
Pandemic by Lynn Ungar, recommended by Mthr. Louise
And people stayed home by Kathleen O’Meara, recommended by Mthr. Louise
From a distance the world looks blue and green, recommended by Mthr. Louise
When despair for the world grows in me, recommended by Mthr. Louise
I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning by Amanda Gorman, recommended by Anne Watkins

Print resources

Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor, recommended by Bob Giolitto

This list has been created by the members of St. Paul’s and reflects their personal interests. St. Paul’s reserves the right to curate this list’s contents to best reflect the general perspective and needs of the St. Paul’s community. If you would like to submit something to this list, please send it to