Ken Corr

Lessons from the 1665 Pandemic

It is day 176 for me of working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there is currently no end in sight.  There is still no vaccine and no treatment and so, we wait, and we develop new routines for work and leisure.  I think we are all looking forward to being able to go to the grocery store without a mask, return to stadiums full of people for ball games and concerts, and have a normal work schedule in the office with our coworkers.  We can lament and complain about the current circumstance, or we...more

Redeeming the Time While Sheltering in Place

We are all hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon.   There is great concern about how long the social distancing and sheltering in place orders can last without permanently endangering the economy and people’s emotional health.  We are constantly hearing different reports about the length of time before life will return to normal.  Will things be up and running by Easter? Are we talking about the first of May?  Could this last until August or longer?  The more we reflect on the time, the more anxious we feel.  I am very hopeful and prayerful that this will end...more

Keeping a Schedule to Fight Anxiety

Today is my first day to office from home.  We now have 4 adults officing in the same home.  Life has certainly shifted for all of us in many ways.  We are enjoying each other, but there are some challenges to being at home all the time, all day. In a recent post, I gave 10 suggestions for maintaining mental health while quarantined at home (see  The first suggestion that I gave is to maintain a schedule.  The reason that it is listed first is because I believe it is the most important.  One of the things that...more

10 Suggestions for Staying Mentally Well While Quarantined at Home

We are not there yet, but all indications are that we will soon be quarantined at home.  Staying home for a day or two, maybe even a week, sounds like fun.  At week of “at home vacation” can be a great way to spend your free time, but what happens if that week extends into two weeks, or a month, or longer?   Suddenly, the “at home vacation” begins to feel like isolation and isolation leads to depression.  So, how do we maintain our mental health during home quarantine? Every family will be different.  The family with four preschool and...more

Ministry and the Coronavirus Crisis

It feels unprecedented: a major public health crisis for which there is no known treatment; people being quarantined; travel restrictions; border closings; panic.  It is unprecedented in my lifetime, and it is creating challenges for ministry.  Recently, we asked our deacons to temporarily suspend hospital visits, our congregational worship service was conducted online, and our support groups are not currently meeting.  I am guessing that these will not be the only adjustments that we will have to make in the days ahead.  These decisions have not been made lightly and are following the recommendation of the health experts. In...more
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