Webinar recording and resources: COVID: Looking at the Long Term

February 10, 2022

Members of the Conference COVID Response Team and guest experts talked about what it means to move from COVID pandemic to endemic COVID, where the virus is constantly present, but with relatively low spread. 
This webinar focused on how our church leaders and congregations have and are adapting and thriving in this new reality. 

Guest pastors on the panel: 
Pastor Steve Smith, First UMC in Bangor, ME
Rev. David Palmer, Warren, N Haverill and Woodsville UMCs in New Hampshire
Rev. Juhee Lee, Haven UMC in East Providence, RI  

Medical experts on our panel:
Dr. Ted Marcy is a professor emeritus at the University of Vermont larger college of medicine, where he was a pulmonary and critical care physician. He has a master's in public health from Harvard and was very involved in Vermont’s Tobacco Control Program. He is married to Rev. Kim Horning-Marcy, a retired NEAC elder. He is a member of the Willesden (VT) Federated Church and serves on the Conference Board of Pensions.
Dr. Kevin Fickenscher has extensive experience in strategic and operational development in complex healthcare organizations. He is a recognized thought leader related to health and healthcare transformation through the effective application of technology, telecare, information management and leadership. He is very active in the United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry and on his local board at the First UMC of Portsmouth, ME. 

Find a recording of the Feb. 9, 2022 webinar: COVID: Looking at the Long Term

Additional resources

Find the neumc.org COVID resources 
  • We fielded many questions about ventilation and here is some HVAC information from the CDC
  • MIT has produced a calculator for airflow that can be customized for specific spaces and ventilation conditions. Find that here.

Rev. David Palmer shared this graphic that demonstrates some of the parameters that affect the church's COVID protocols: