Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

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

DIY home abortion policy during pandemic shocks Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Britain’s DIY home abortion policy during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has shocked the Catholic bishops of England and Wales. The Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster says changing the rules to allow abortion pills to be taken in homes would “further endanger women” during a time of national crisis. The British government is waiving a Read more

Pacific Conference of Churches says faith alone isn’t enough Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The Pacific Conference of Churches is urging people to follow social-distancing and avoid congregations. Faith alone will not be enough to combat Covid-19, the Conference says. The Conference has told preachers not to claim the pandemic is a punishment from God. Nor may they vilify those who are infected. Reports from around the Pacific region Read more

COVID-19 is changing the Church now Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

An Australian archbishop says the COVID-19 epidemic is changing the way the Church evangelises. “This is not a theoretical discussion for the future but is happening in real-time”, says Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli. Comensoli says the epidemic is forcing the Church to be more creative in the way it reaches people. It is also reshaping Read more

Spraying disinfectant on migrants sparks outrage Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Spraying disinfectant on migrants working as laborers has caused social media commentators to erupt with anger. Among those to express their anger is the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM). “Even as the whole country is battling an intense and grueling confrontation with the Corona (COVID-19) crisis, we … want to express our deep shock and Read more

Church radio station for locals unable to use internet Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Listen Up is a new radio service which is being co-ordinated by an associate priest at St Mary’s Anglican church in Levin. David Atkinson is using the Church’s equipment and content comes from the community. Many people can stay connected well with phone calls, Facebook and Zoom calls, but it is important to not forget Read more

Easter services may be screened on television in NZ Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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Negotiations are underway to have Easter services screened on television. “Our celebrations during the Easter period, which for us begins with a Mass on Holy Thursday evening, April 9,  a special service on Good Friday afternoon and a Mass on Easter Sunday morning,” said Lyndsay Freer spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland. “Because our Read more

Pope Francis prays for media covering the coronavirus pandemic Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Pope Francis offered a prayer for media professionals who are covering the coronavirus pandemic before his daily Mass on Wednesday. “Those who work in the media, who work to communicate today so that people are not so isolated … help us to bear this time of isolation,” Pope Francis said April 1. The pope asked Read more