Jessie Wardarski

Jessie Wardarski is an author at Religion News Service.

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Buddhist temple food pantry a lifeline for Nepalese students

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — February 15, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — The United Sherpa Association launched the food program from scratch last April as the coronavirus was ravaging the borough and other parts of the city.

Election turmoil splits West Virginia city’s evangelicals

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — February 9, 2021
(RNS) — What is the role of evangelical Christianity in America’s divisive politics?

Pandemic, loss unite 2 rural Missouri pastors around faith

By Jessie Wardarski, David Crary, and Luis Andres Henao — December 9, 2020
NOEL, Missouri (RNS) — While the pastors both want to keep parishioners safe, they are determined to carry on with in-person services as long as members of their congregations are eager to attend.

Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — October 20, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 70 years had passed since last seeing her friend at an Austrian displaced persons camp. Then Ruth Brandspiegel heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom.

Young priest loses mentor, then his father — both to virus

By Luis Andres Henao and Jessie Wardarski — May 14, 2020
NEW YORK (AP) — For the 32-year-old Rev. Joseph Dutan, the weeks of the pandemic have been a unique struggle.
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