Analysis and Comment

Reimagining the Eucharist Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
reimagining eucharist

“All Masses Cancelled.” That sign went up today outside my local church. Who could have imagined it just a couple of weeks ago? Most Catholics recognise it’s a sensible decision: large gatherings are just what we do not want at the moment. The loving thing right now is to keep our distance, lest we transmit Read more

Anti-Asian racism during coronavirus: How the language of disease produces hate and violence Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Self-isolation. Quaratine. Lockdown. The outbreak of COVID-19 and its subsequent dissemination across the globe has left a shock wave of disbelief and confusion in many countries. Accompanying this wave has been a spike in racist terms, memes and news articles targeting Asian communities in North America. Asian Americans report being spit on, yelled at, even Read more

Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Plagues of global proportions might seem biblical, but coronavirus is creating new challenges for faith leaders. Last week in Australia, many churches, mosques and synagogues decided proactively to cancel their normal worship services. These were not easy decisions for groups for whom being a gathered community is central to their identity and practice. Australia’s largest Read more

COVID-19 could end church as we know it; and I feel fine Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has quickly swept the globe, throwing just about every human institution into chaos. Faith communities are no exception. With gatherings restricted in size or prohibited altogether, many houses of worship are fighting to stay connected, rapidly weighing technological options to keep as many people as possible engaged. This involves a good deal Read more

In Reverse: Prayer in a time of isolation Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

New Zealand is in “Lock Down”. Life as we have known it is completely changed as the nation, along with the rest of the world, wages war against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You may have already been “self-isolating”; the “Lock Down” extends that directive to nearly everyone. Only essential services remain Read more

Vatican closed: Tour the Sistine Chapel free Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020

After a few weeks of social distancing, even — we hate to say it —Netflix is starting to get old. Same goes for all of the audiobooks and podcasts you’ve downloaded to cure your boredom. Luckily, there are countless virtual tours of museums, theme parks, and gardens to enjoy in these times. St Peter’s Square Read more

Confronting the COVID-19 virus: Thoughts of an ER doctor Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
er doctor

When I talk to people about the COVID-19 virus, I try to start with some basic facts to make sure we are beginning from the same foundation. As a doctor, one of my biggest struggles is overcoming a culture of misinformation and a prevailing distrust of traditional sources of expertise. With the rise of the Read more

Stay quarantined, stay married, keep your friends Comments 0

Monday, March 30th, 2020
quarantined and married

The policy of social distancing means that the newly homebound are seeing less of coworkers than they did just weeks ago. They’re seeing fewer friends too. But they might be seeing a lot more of their family, or their roommates. And that isn’t easy. For some, especially those who live alone, social distancing can bring Read more

Pray Today NZ – Jesus wept – Video reflection Lent week 5 Comments 0

Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Pray Today NZ - Jesus Wept

Jesus wept tears, he wept because he was human. Jesus grieved, unashamed – his friend was dead. He remembered Lazarus’ face, his welcoming smile, his laughter. He remembered the hours they had sat talking; chewing the fat, shooting the breeze. Jesus wept for all that is passing.  Lazarus was gone, dead and buried and Read more

Location, location, location? How coronavirus is reshaping our sense of place Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020
working from home

There are few times stranger to start cohabiting with one’s partner than the week before a citywide lockdown. Less than two weeks after I moved the majority of my things across New York City, I found myself occupying a new, though by now not unfamiliar, apartment. Thanks to the restrictions of the lockdown, the geography Read more