Tuesday's News & Ideas - 3/31/2020

  • Attendance up, giving down
  • Liberty University reopens
  • Religious exemption for gathering?
  • Civil religion is capitalism
  • Florida pastor arrested
  • Pandemic complicates goodbye

Higher attendance, lower giving: New survey shows how churches are responding to COVID-19
Religion News Service: Giving is down, attendance is up and a good number of pastors still aren’t sure what they’re going to do about Easter.

Liberty University brings back its students, and coronavirus fears, too
New York Times: The decision by the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to partly reopen his evangelical university enraged residents of Lynchburg, Va. Then students started getting sick.
Associated Press: Liberty University: We're complying with virus-related ban

As states crack down on gatherings, some religious exemptions could keep pews full
ABC News: Some states have not barred churches from gathering despite COVID-19.

America’s civil religion is capitalism. Trump’s coronavirus response proves it.
Washington Post: Facing a plague, he wants us to sacrifice at the altar of commerce.

Police arrest Florida pastor for holding church services despite stay-at-home order
CNN: On Monday, Florida sheriff's deputies arrested the evangelical pastor, who has continued to host large church services despite public orders.

The Spark

Grief, compassion and ingenuity as the coronavirus brings endless complications to one family’s goodbye
The complications* brought by this highly infectious and potentially lethal virus never seemed to stop, even after death, The Seattle Times reports.

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