My Letter to Governor Pritzker—sign the petition

Update 3/20/20 @ 3pm(cst): Got good news from Ed Stetzer. HHS was asked, “Is the broadcast of churches from their places of worship (with minimal teams and with social distancing) an essential service.”

Stetzer received the following response from William Chang, HHS General Counsel: “Yes. Please follow CDC guidelines when doing so.”

If you agree, please sign this petition and share with others: http://chng.it/b6rRGkc2KG

Dear Governor,

First of all I want you to know that our church is praying for you daily and that we stand 100% behind you in this crisis. We have been instructing our members and attenders to listen to the local government. We are instructing our older members and attenders to stay at home; we are providing services to make sure this happens. We stopped having open Services last Sunday and streamed our service.

We assume that within the next few days that the state of Illinois will implement some kind of shut down akin to what is happening in New York State and the state of California. We are asking for an exemption for faith based institutions in the state to be able to gather needed personnel to stream online services.

As you know, faith based communities are fundamental to the social fabric and to the psychological health of any society. In the last 10 days our church has interacted with thousands of Illinois citizens through a variety of online mediums. We have interviewed emergency room doctors, provided information and help for people in need or affected by the virus, given spiritual hope and also provided relational relief for those who are isolated. We believe that this is an essential service and depending upon the length of this outbreak, a fundamental way to serve the citizens of Illinois.

If there’s anyway I or my church can serve you or Illinois, please let me know. Thank you for considering our request for religious exemption to create online content.

Rev. Ron Citlau

If you agree, please sign this petition and share with others: http://chng.it/b6rRGkc2KG

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