Bishop Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer asked, "In the midst of the AIDS crisis people found ways to lament, celebrate beloveds and memorialize the magnitude of the disaster. How will we communally grieve all we have lost to COVID?"
She posted a picture of herself, in a mask, walking in an outdoor space amongst pieces from the AIDS quilt. We are at the 40th anniversary of the realization that we had a new disease, the disease we would call AIDS, that was stalking the gay population, so her picture and her question seems poignant.
My first thought did go to quilts: gathering frayed fabrics and turning them into a larger, more meaningful creation, one that has a larger purpose.
Here's what I wrote.I was thinking about COVID, how it robs people of breath. What might symbolize breath, lungs, community, those things lost, appreciation for those things regained?