To the Alliance Family,
Developments of the past 24 hours lead the Alliance staff and officers to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 annual gathering set for the end of April. The rapid spread of the virus, cases found among priests in Ft. Worth, broad travel restrictions, as well as the safety of Alliance people, the people working to make the event happen, and the people they love, contribute to the decision.
The leadership of the Alliance desires to honor the work and preparation that has gone into the planning of the annual gathering, as well as the sacrifice many of you have made to register, attend and make travel plans. How we do that is still unclear. The board is scheduled to meet Sunday afternoon and we will discuss the way forward. If you have suggestions and/or wisdom you would like the board to consider, please send them our way. We will communicate our decisions regarding a way forward by the end of March.
Please know the contributions many have already made to the planning and promotion of this meeting are deeply appreciated! We have an excellent planning team co-chaired by Tim Moore and Ben Sanders, and we hope to fashion a satisfactory way forward to honor all the hard work, energy and effort already given.
It is important to be socially responsible to honor the lives of the most vulnerable-- those with pre-existing conditions, elderly folk, and the Asian/Pacific Islander diaspora community who are being unfairly blamed for the virus and its spread. Please take care and may you and your beloved communities remain safe and healthy in these days.
Blessings on the Lenten journey —