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Gen Z lost touch with faith communities during pandemic but kept the faith, says study

By Jana Riess — May 31, 2021
(RNS) — Half of young people (ages 13 to 25) thought their faith communities had done well managing the COVID pandemic even though 90% reported receiving no personal contact from clergy.
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Drive-thru live Nativities are tailor-made for a COVID-19 Christmas

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 4, 2020
(RNS) — It’s an idea whose time has come as the pandemic stretches into the Christmas season.

Chicago church releases a beer for Advent — and the end of the world

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 19, 2020
CHICAGO (RNS) — Church members stopped by to pick up the wreaths they’d ordered for the coming Advent season — OK, so they were cardboard drink holders filled with Advent-themed beers and topped with a green ribbon and Christ candle to light on Christmas Eve.

Churches hit home run with services in ballparks and stadiums as COVID-19 cancels sports

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 24, 2020
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) — With many sports canceled for the season, some churches — like South Bend City Church — have filled the stands at the empty stadiums and ballparks in their neighborhoods.

‘Kayak Church’ gathers Pennsylvania church in person — and on the water — amid pandemic

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 4, 2020
HOWARD, Pa. (RNS) — More than two dozen people joined a brightly colored flotilla for Kayak Church on Sunday (Aug. 30) as Faith United Church of Christ, like so many other churches across the country, dips its toes into meeting together in person after months apart during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
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