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Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/17/2020

  • Chaplain work in coronavirus
  • Vatican’s Easter closed
  • Postpone UMC GC?
  • Religion & COVID in Malaysia
  • Rules of social distancing
  • America’s oldest bookstore

Campus chaplains, religious clubs advocate for students in a moment of anxiety
Religion News Service: As university campuses around the country shut down and move classes online in efforts to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, chaplains and faith-based campus groups are stepping in to ease the transition.

Vatican says Easter events to be celebrated without visitors this year
HuffPost: In a step described as unprecedented in modern times, the Vatican said Sunday that all of Pope Francis’ Holy Week events would not involve public participation.

Bishops ask postponement of GC2020
United Methodist News Service: With the coronavirus pandemic threatening lives around the globe, bishops are asking for a postponement of the General Conference.

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown
Bloomberg: The struggle to contain infections linked to a religious gathering has led Malaysia to resort to sweeping restrictions on people’s movement, underscoring the challenge of upholding religious rights in fighting a pandemic.

What are the rules of social distancing?
Vox: Staying home will stem the coronavirus outbreak, but what if you’re healthy -- and bored? Is it ethical to go to the gym, get your hair done, or order delivery?

The Spark

How America’s oldest bookstore has survived across the centuries
Founded in 1745, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Moravian Book Shop is said to be the oldest continuously-running bookstore in America, yet it’s largely under the radar, Lit Hub says.

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