The Poor People’s Campaign, a grassroots group with branches in more than 40 states, is urging resistance to or noncooperation with state plans calling for the reopening of the economy just weeks after the coronavirus put most of the country on lockdown.
The Associated Press sat down to talk with Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, during his recent visit to New York, where his Christian relief charity Samaritan’s Purse had operated a Central Park field hospital to treat coronavirus patients.
Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor, has died of what appears to be a "self-inflicted gunshot wound," He was a teaching pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site megachurch based in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis, where
[caption id="attachment_65145" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Col. Moon H. Kim, right, Camp Humphreys garrison chaplain, teaches Republic of Korea Army chaplains about logistics and religious support, Nov. 7, 2019, at Four Chaplains Memorial Chapel on Camp Humphreys, South Korea. U.S Army photo, 2nd Infantry Division/Creative Commons[/caption]
Faith, many behind the #ReOpenChurchSunday movement allege, is the ultimate protection. A photograph puts it succinctly: One protester at an anti-shutdown rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had painted the hood of his truck with the motto “Jesus is my vaccine.”
The National Day of Prayer, like most events amid the coronavirus, will have a different look this year as it is marked today (May 7). Now in its 69th year, the observance will feature interfaith and even international voices on computer screens and cellphones.
Insurance companies that Religion News Service spoke with said most plans do not cover pandemic-related incidents such as disease-related deaths. Insurers acknowledged that the decision to open a house of worship carries considerable risk.