In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have developed an alternative way to Pass the Peace without making physical contact – and while maintaining good “social distance.” This is a gesture that could become part of a virtual worship experience, something the pastor or liturgist could do on screen, so you don’t have to lose or skip over this important moment or lose a practice that has been a part of the church for centuries. It’s also a powerful new way of Passing the Peace to use when churches gather together again in offline spaces, and may be a safer and more responsible way to share the peace of Christ in our world today going forward.

This gesture was something we in the Plural Guild worked with Jessica Young, to create. She is the person demonstrating in the video. Jessica is an associate professor in the Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling program at Columbia College in Chicago and a church member who deeply believes in the value and importance of body movement within worship. We are so grateful for her partnership in bringing this beautiful gift to all of us.