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Coronavirus

Why celebrities have a moral responsibility to help promote lifesaving vaccines

By Tina Rulli — April 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — An ethicist argues that choices made by celebrities could impose unjustified risk of harm on others.

As COVID-19 shutdown lifts, Mecca’s pilgrims bring Islam’s holiest city back to life

By Rabiya Jaffery — April 19, 2022
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (RNS) — Pandemic closures played havoc with the livelihoods of traders who depended on the pilgrims.

Renovations complete, Washington’s LDS temple provides rare public glimpse inside

By Adelle M. Banks — April 18, 2022
KENSINGTON, Maryland (RNS) — ‘It’s a conduit for heaven for a lot of us,' said a church member, 'where we believe that’s where we can commune with God here on earth.'

Virtual bathtub baptisms help Maryland megachurch gain online members during pandemic

By Adelle M. Banks — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — 'This pandemic has pushed me to understand that there are things that I never thought we could do that we can do,' said Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.

With high hopes for holidays, three faiths take stock of COVID-19 losses and gains

By Adelle M. Banks, Emily McFarlan Miller, Alejandra Molina, Kathryn Post, and Yonat Shimron — April 15, 2022
(RNS) — Even with the convergence of Easter, Passover and Ramadan this year, many Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders are uncertain whether they can count on a post-COVID-19 resurgence or what it will look like.

DHS official Marcus Coleman offers security tips for houses of faith marking holidays

By Adelle M. Banks — April 14, 2022
(RNS) — Coleman advises congregations to keep a watchful eye as they open their doors for in-person gatherings marking special occasions, traditional worship and everyday work.

Middle Church to begin meeting in synagogue on Easter as it awaits restored building

By Adelle M. Banks — April 7, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Jacqui Lewis said East End Temple displays ‘an incredible act of generosity and trust to make space in their community for us to tabernacle with them.’

Author Lee Strobel, after brush with death, explores ‘Case for Heaven’ in film

By Adelle M. Banks — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The topic of what does indeed happen after we leave this world is more relevant to a lot of people today than it was a couple of years ago,’ Strobel said.

Fortitude through faith: The Muslim pandemic experience

By Omar Suleiman, Rania Awaad, and Taimur Kouser — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — Mental health increasingly — and erroneously — operates under the umbrella of secularism.

Navy barred from acting against religious vaccine refusers

By Jessica Gresko — March 29, 2022
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin last year made vaccinations mandatory for service members.

Jehovah’s Witnesses to resume in-person gatherings, door knocking still on hold

By Alejandra Molina — March 18, 2022
(RNS) — Kingdom Halls will, as of April 1, reopen for in-person worship as long as there are no pandemic-related government restrictions forbidding them from doing so. Virtual services will still be available.

Lessons of pandemic can endure, says editor of National Cathedral sermon compilation

By Adelle M. Banks — March 15, 2022
(RNS) — Editor of book of sermons preached during the pandemic at Washington National Cathedral: ‘People have been so isolated, alone, afraid. They just need to connect.’

Priest who balked at COVID-19 precautions removed from Vermont parish

By Associated Press — March 14, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Williams' bishop determined that “his serious disobedience and disrespect shown to the office of the bishop” merited removal.

Doug Emhoff highlights Black interfaith contributions as new project launches

By Adelle M. Banks — February 24, 2022
(RNS) — As the Black Interfaith Project launches, Emhoff said his interfaith marriage with Kamala Harris followed the discovery that their joint values were rooted in their different faiths.

Justin Bieber’s new tour offers incentives for fans to do good, support nonprofits

By Kathryn Post and Adelle M. Banks — February 22, 2022
(RNS) — Live Free USA, a criminal justice reform organization, is holding ‘justice and belonging’ training sessions ahead of the concert dates in cities where Bieber is scheduled to perform.
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