Abode Village View – Week of March 15

Abode Village View – Week of March 15

March 12, 2020


To the Abode Community from the Abode Board,


Abode leadership has been closely monitoring the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic. Due to the rapidly escalating nature of the pandemic, we are cancelling all public events, classes, meals, Universal Worship and all other gatherings, effective immediately. This includes all community meals, which will now be closed for anyone not living or working on campus (only those living or working in Razzaq, Alim, Quddus and Vakil may come to scheduled meals). This also includes use of the sauna, until further notice.


All health authorities clearly emphasize social distancing as the best way to deter the spread of COVID-19. We have decided to take these steps out of an abundance of caution. We are actively formulating plans for next steps and as this issue unfolds we will continue to evaluate the situation and communicate our plans. There is much unknown and still evolving. Thank you for understanding our decision and for continuing to support one another other during this unprecedented and unsettling time.


If you are living off campus and have questions please contact Sarfaraz by texting or calling her at (413) 281-5130


If you live on campus and have questions please e-mail Jamelah or text her at (646) 538 -3543 until further notice.


Thank you for cooperation. Stay safe and healthy.


The Abode Board and Administrative Team

During Women’s History Month the Abode is sharing quotes by women from a variety of faith backgrounds. Last week we shared quotes from the Venerable Dr. Pannavati, a former Christian pastor turned Buddhist monk.


This week we are featuring Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church. She has been assigned  to be the Resident Bishop in the California-Nevada Annual Conference (covering northern California and Nevada). Bishop Carcaño is an advocate for humane and comprehensive immigration reform. She has also spoken about the need to include LGBT families in immigration reform.

From the Western Jurisdiction UMC website:


A native of Edinburg, TX, Bishop Carcaño spent her early years aspiring to make a difference in the lives of persons who faced poverty and discrimination. Not forgetting her roots and early hopes, her ministry has always involved work with the poor, with farm workers, immigrants, and refugees, even as she encourages congregations to work ecumenically and to be active in community organizing. Of her tireless work, she has said, “The road of ministry has not always been easy, but it has always been an incredible blessing, and it has always been home.”

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