RNS Morning Report: LA Worship During Coronavirus; Campus Religious Group Advocacy; Astral Travel

A woman sits alone in her pew during Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Los Angeles. Photo by Hayley Smith

Need to know: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Adaptive Observance

‘Prayer in the Time of Coronavirus’: LA parishioners worship in mostly empty pews

‘It feels apocalyptic,’ said parishioner Sal Lopez after the service at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Los Angeles. ‘It was so empty in there.’ More from Religion News Service

Unsettling Resettlement

Campus chaplains, religious clubs advocate for students in a moment of anxiety

As university campuses around the country shut down and move classes online, chaplains and faith-based campus groups are stepping in to ease the transition. More from Religion News Service

Energy and Explorations

Crystals, chocolate, astral travel and good vibes for the soul

Crystals aren't just trendy. I AM Academy is using them to build ‘a community of people who are looking to change themselves and change this world’ through astral travel, meditation and other metaphysical means. More from Religion News Service


What Islamic hygienic practices can teach when coronavirus is spreading

Islamic law requires Muslims to ritually purify their body before praying. As a scholar of Islamic studies who researches ritual practices among Muslims, I have found that these practices contain both spiritual and physical benefits, writes Rose Aslan. More from Religion News Service


Christian love in a time of coronavirus

When society is beginning to see panicky behavior, this is the time for the body of Christ to be a voice of faith instead of fear — and a source of practical help, writes Shaunti Feldhahn. More from Religion News Service

'Pastoral and Prophetic'

Evangelical leader denounces Trump for calling coronavirus the ‘Chinese virus’

After President Trump called the novel coronavirus “the Chinese Virus” in a tweet Monday, an evangelical leader responded by calling the label “unacceptable,” warning that it “instigates blame, racism, and hatred against Asians.” More from The Washington Post🔒




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