Thursday's News & Ideas - 4/2/2020

  • Are religious services ‘essential’?
  • Samaritan’s Purse field hospital
  • On the apocalypse
  • AAPI statement against racism
  • Religions improvise holidays
  • New social rules for renters

States consider whether religious services qualify as ‘essential’
NPR: It is not yet clear whether the broadening move to include religious institutions as essential will allow churches, synagogues, and mosques to reopen.

Franklin Graham on his Central Park field hospital: ‘We don’t discriminate. Period.’
Religion News Service: Almost as soon as Samaritan’s Purse assembled a 68-bed field hospital in Central Park’s famed East Meadow, New Yorkers sounded the alarm about the evangelical humanitarian relief organization headed by Franklin Graham.

The apocalypse as an ‘unveiling’: What religion teaches us about the end times
New York Times: For people of many faiths, and even none at all, it can feel lately like the end of the world is near.

Asian Americans call on the church to preach against coronavirus racism
Christianity Today: Hundreds of Christian leaders sign a landmark statement denouncing the spike in xenophobia.

Virus forces religions to improvise, isolate for holidays
Associated Press: The global pandemic is upending the season’s major religious holidays, forcing leaders and practitioners across the spectrum to improvise.

The Spark

The strange, sudden intimacy of socially isolated roommates
Renters in apartments and houses share more than just germs with their roommates: Life under coronavirus lockdown means negotiating new social rules,* CityLab says.

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