The unexpected challenges affect all areas. Academies and retreat houses are affected by the many restrictions. I’m sure that in order to maintain dialogue with society in spite of everything, the study directors will seek exchange with the public through other channels in order to assume the academy's responsibility towards society, especially in this uncertain time. But what happens to our institutions in a long-term perspective? How will we be able to cope economically with this time? And what happens when we can slowly return to normality, to a normality that after Corona will be different than before?
We now invite you to the next annual conference of Oikosnet Europe in Bad Boll, Germany, 9 - 13 September 2020. ( See article below.) We hope that the situation in Europe will have changed so far by then so that the conference can be held. And we are preparing to discuss with you at this conference the challenges of the current crisis and to see together how you can continue to work and what support we can provide from Oikosnet Europe.
The unexpected challenges affect all areas. The Corona Virus pandemic puts a huge strain on our health systems and causes enormous economic damage. In a «Joint German-Italian appeal to the governments of all Member States and to EU institutions» it is stated that «especially in the beginning of the crisis, national export restrictions on desperately needed medical equipment and unilateral border closures have fragmented the European response to the Corona crisis». Read more
Now, however, we need more European solidarity in the resulting «new normal». At this crucial moment for cooperation in Europe, as a European Association, we are called upon to bring our expertise and close network of relations into the new debates.
I write this in the knowledge that many of our members have to fight for their survival. The «virus-lockdown» contributes in addition to a more or less unstable situation for all members. All the more I wish you all, strength, patience and perseverance - and personally confidence and good health!
Rev. Walter Lüssi, President of Oikosnet Europe