River’s Edge sent this out via e-mail today:
I am reaching out to you to share an important update about the future of River’s Edge.
River’s Edge’s Center is housed within the living space of the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph. This is a connection that many of us have found to be deeply enriching. However, as we step into a new world reality amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we have realized that there are great risks associated with this model for the health of our clients and especially the Senior Sisters in residence.
After much discernment, it has become clear that it will not be possible for River’s Edge to return to the building or property that has housed our Center, either now or in the future.
This is a very difficult decision to make. This property has been our home and the Sisters have been our friends. This sacred space has held our community and has been a hub of healing, spiritual connection and transformation.
What does this mean for River’s Edge?
* For the time being, River’s Edge does not have a physical center.
* We continue to offer a full slate of virtual programming that you can access safely from your home.
* We are exploring possibilities for a new home off campus.
* It is our clear intention to continue to actively invest in the vibrant spiritual community that we have all built together in Cleveland.
What if I am pre-registered for an event?
* We plan to reschedule as many events virtually or at partner locations as possible
* We will reach out to you as soon as a plan is in place for your event
* If you are not able to make it, you may redirect your registration fee as a donation or receive a full refund.
What if I have purchased a wellness pass?
* Did you know that we have a full wellness class schedule online? Your pass can be easily applied to online classes and you will even receive two bonus classes on your existing pass!
* If you are not able to attend virtual classes, you can redirect your remaining pass fee as a donation or request a full refund.
How can I help?
Now, more than ever, we need your support. Here is how you can help:
* Attend River’s Edge classes and programs
* Invite your friends and family to attend River’s Edge classes and programs
* Follow us on social media, like our posts, make comments on our pages
* Hold with us in prayer the intention that River’s Edge will have a physical Center in which we all can gather again
* Make a donation to help us stay up and running through this period of suspended in-person operations
While we do not yet know how the future will unfold, I find myself returning to the image of the river – our namesake. Rivers are not predictable; they aren’t always smooth. They don’t always lead where we expect. It is this very resiliency that enables the river to continue to survive and to give life and nourishment to all those it touches. A healthy river is not stagnant – it is moving and breathing and full of life. It changes course in response to the obstacles that new terrain presents.
I invite you to come to the River’s Edge with me. Drop into the current. Let’s forge a new course together.
In gratitude, Sarah Widener, Executive Director