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Friday, May 29, 2020

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus

Trump declares places of worship 'essential,' setting up standoff with governors
Religion News Service: President Donald Trump has unveiled new guidance classifying houses of worship as "essential services" and insisting that governors allow faith groups to worship despite the risk of furthering the spread of the novel coronavirus.

CDC publishes new pandemic guidance for religious worship
CNN: Religious institutions should provide soap and hand sanitizer, encourage the use of cloth masks and clean their facilities daily if they want to open while coronavirus is still spreading, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in newly released guidance Friday.

One German church service resulted in more than 100 coronavirus infections
Vox: It highlights the risks of allowing group events that can accelerate rapid spread of the virus.

California lays out pandemic rules for church reopenings
ABC News: California's churches, mosques and synagogue may get the nod to reopen their doors sooner than expected under new state guidelines.

US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns
Associated Press: Many Muslims in America are navigating balancing religious and social rituals with concerns over the virus as they look for ways to capture the Eid spirit this weekend.

Breakaway Anglican group that left Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth wins property fight
Religion News Service: The ownership of the property has been in dispute since the ACNA-affiliate group broke away from the Episcopal Church in 2008.

Washington bishops continue to suspend masses out of 'respect for human life'
HuffPost: The statement doesn't put the best light on Donald Trump's demand that all houses of worship be re-opened "right now" amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The politics of pandemics: Why some countries respond better than others
Knowledge @ Wharton: The capacity of a state and the degree of economic inequality among its residents will determine how successful it is in coping effectively with a pandemic like COVID-19.

Truett's San Antonio extension to occupy space opened by Logsdon Seminary's 2021 closure
Baptist News Global: Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary has announced it will launch an extension campus in San Antonio, Texas, in 2021.

A neurodiverse God?
Christian Century: The parable of the widow and the unjust judge might give us a radical look at the face of God.

Dr. Anthony Fauci: To keep churches safe, use masks, limit singing and wait to resume Communion*
America: As states around the country begin to ease stay-at-home orders, Dr. Anthony Fauci said churches should adopt "common sense" measures to protect worshippers and the wider community, like requiring masks, practicing social distancing and prohibiting singing.

What we actually mean by 'sacrifice' during the pandemic makes all the difference
Religion Dispatches: Sacrificial ideas don't just seem to be everywhere right now: they are.

What Muslim digital community organizers learned from a remote Ramadan
Religion News Service: Participants quickly realized they had tapped into something special -- not just a replacement for mosques -- by going online.

As 100,000 die, the virus lays bare America's brutal fault lines - race, gender, poverty and broken politics
The Guardian: The US's brutal fault lines -- of race, partisanship, gender, poverty and misinformation -- rendered it ill-prepared to meet the challenges of Covid-19.

Washington houses of worship allowed to hold services under Inslee's coronavirus guidance plan
Seattle Times: The guidelines will allow up to 100 people, excluding religious staff, to meet outdoors at the property of a faith organization anywhere in the state.

Kneeling to venerate hate: The meaning of a police killing in Minnesota
Religion News Service: On Monday (May 25) in Minneapolis, a white police officer kneeled on the neck of a black man named George Floyd, who was already handcuffed, for as many as nine minutes.
Christianity Today: George Floyd left a gospel legacy in Houston

Presiding Bishop joins call for national day of mourning on June 1, invites Episcopalians to honor COVID-19 victims this weekend
Episcopal News Service: The grim milestone of 100,000 dead Americans coincides with a time that is sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths.
The Guardian: Religious leaders plan events to remember UK coronavirus victims

Catholic diocese in Minnesota to pay sexual abuse victims $22.5m
The Guardian: The diocese is filing for bankruptcy as part of settlement, after 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases dating to 1950s.

Communion ritual unchanged in Orthodox Church despite virus
Associated Press: Contrary to what science says, the Greek Orthodox Church insists it is impossible for any disease -- including the coronavirus -- to be transmitted through Holy Communion.

Beyond pandemic, reimagining Italy's Catholic clergy
National Catholic Reporter: When coronavirus struck inside Europe's largest diocesan seminary, it upended the intense educational routine and spurred soul-searching among the nearly 130 young men studying to become Catholic priests.



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