As we enter into the second week of Advent, we continue to be reminded that Advent is a time of hope and waiting for the coming of Jesus. Jesus came to give us abundant life. In this week’s readings from the Ignatian Solidarity Network, we are challenged to “reflect on the difference between the “abundant life” offered by Jesus and the “good life” promoted by a society which says in order to be happy, we must always have more (money, possessions, and power). Living an abundant life often corresponds to living gently on the earth. This Advent, learn ways to live life more abundantly that will also heal the earth.”
This past Wednesday, students, faculty, and staff distributed over 400 boxes of food at the food distribution event. We are grateful to our SUA community for being flexible and hospitable as it did require us to continue to embrace a few changes to the schedule.
On Saturday, SUA hosted a pop-up COVID-19 testing site. Our SUA team hosted 150 guests on campus for testing. As Lelia shared with the Cincinnati Health Collaborative testing leaders, we were blessed to have a team of medical professionals on-site who were incredibly kind, patient, and knowledgeable. And for our team, Lelia, Rebecca, VP of Facilities, and me, it was a heartwarming experience.
And, at the start of this week, we received word that SUA has been invited to participate in a very important COVID-19 study. Since August, SUA has been collaborating with medical directors from the Medical Division of the University of Cincinnati to find ways to learn and live with the novel coronavirus.
The COVID-19 study, better known as the COMPASS study, is an NIH-funded study with the goal of better understanding the impact of the COVID-19 on local communities across the country. The information gained through this study will guide the design and implementation of future COVID-19 research efforts, including drug trials and vaccine studies. In particular, this study is unique because it will also be investigating the impact of the pandemic on pediatric/adolescent populations and the role this group may play in transmission risk. There are approximately 25 sites participating throughout the country, with the University of Cincinnati representing our region. Here is a link to learn more about the COMPASS study.
SUA will continue to do our part to heal the earth. It is what we are called to do as leaders of a dynamic Catholic educational community rooted in the Ursuline core values.