The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened the agency’s social distancing recommendations on Tuesday, announcing that fully vaccinated people who wear masks can safely attend many indoor events such as worship services.
Christianity’s most joyous day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.
Two national religious groups, one evangelical Christian, the other Orthodox Jewish, have teamed up to offer their sacred spaces for vaccine distribution, hoping to assist government officials and private companies in the effort to combat the ongoing pandemic.
Thirty miles of rural Missouri separate the two churches, and so much else. Still, every Tuesday the pastors meet, seeking each other’s counsel, sharing their joys — and, more often, their burdens. Because in these pandemic-wracked days, they are sometimes overwhelmed by the crucible of
To gather or not to gather has been the question at the forefront of the minds of today's religious leaders and their church members. During the 1918 influenza pandemic that ultimately killed 50 million to 100 million people, different answers to that same question resulted in
As religious services went online due to coronavirus, a paradox emerged: Worshipers were connected via the internet to a potentially wide community, but it felt like a more private affair. This is not the first time tensions between private worship and public expressions of religion