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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.

Could Novavax win over some religious vaccine skeptics?

By Jack Jenkins — February 18, 2022
(RNS) — Novavax's CEO has framed his company's vaccine as an alternative for those who object to the use of fetal cell lines in the development of existing popular vaccines.

Unvaccinated medical workers turn to religious exemptions

By Heather Hollingsworth — February 15, 2022
(AP) — Religious exemptions are increasingly becoming a workaround for unvaccinated hospital and nursing home workers who want to keep their jobs in the face of federal mandates.

Houses of worship grapple with the future of their online services

By Diana Kruzman — February 14, 2022
(RNS) — Two years into the pandemic, more religious institutions are asking themselves what a hybrid approach can and should look like.

Missouri governor’s ‘Christian values’ statement questioned

By Jim Salter — February 4, 2022
(AP) — Gov. Mike Parson indicated earlier in the week he would only nominate a state health director who shared his “Christian values.”

Francis Collins on COVID-19 politics: ‘The culture war is literally killing people’

By Adelle M. Banks — February 3, 2022
(RNS) — Many white evangelicals, said the former head of the National Institutes of Health, have been ‘victimized by the misinformation and lies and conspiracies that are floating around, particularly on social media and some of it in cable news.’

Ordinance limiting Oregon church meal services violates religious freedom, lawsuit says

By Alejandra Molina — February 1, 2022
(RNS) — The lawsuit claims an ordinance limiting the church to offering free meals just twice a week interferes with the church’s fundamental beliefs of ‘feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and sheltering the houseless.’

Online church is church. I will not abandon my people.

By Jacqui Lewis — February 1, 2022
(RNS) — Even when it’s safe to gather in person again, we will always have hybrid worship programs — robust virtual options that do not treat online members as an afterthought.

Pope denounces fake news about COVID, vaccines, urges truth

By Nicole Winfield — January 28, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis met with Catholic journalists who have formed a fact-checking network to try to combat misinformation about the pandemic.

Being pro-life demands sacrifice — for a pandemic, too

By Karen Swallow Prior — January 25, 2022
(RNS) — It is not asking too much — in fact, it’s really the bare minimum — for those of us who believe we are justified in asking a woman to sacrifice much to preserve a life growing inside her body to inconvenience our own bodies by wearing a piece of cloth.

Omicron is taking a toll on pagans, who depend on conferences for community

By Heather Greene — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — The pandemic has also threatened the financial viability of conferences and festivals.

Orthodox observe Christmas amid virus concerns

By Jim Heintz — January 7, 2022
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church, the largest Orthodox congregation, said celebrants must wear masks and observe social distancing at services.
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