How religious leaders are adapting to keep the faith as coronavirus cancels mass gatherings

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — As people around the world adjust their daily routines in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the new limits on social gatherings have impacted a societal norm that might have once seemed unwavering and untouchable: religious services.Faith leaders across the United States are now tasked with keeping their congregations connected and involved amid what can feel like a trying test of faith.“It’s a time of uncertainty and fear and people feel that it’s an opportunity to realize that God does not abandon us in these times, he walks with us,” Archbishop Aymond said.Walid said in addition to staying away from large gatherings, he recommends people do their best to quell their anxiety by reflecting with family and take breaks from consuming news.“People should take proper precautions, but don’t fall into despair,” Walid said. “We look at these times as a test that comes from God, and with proper precautions and patience, we can get out of this.”“Here’s what I recommend: Don’t fall into anxiety over watching too much news, rather do things with family and try to relax,” he continued. “Do things to take your mind off the crisis and get you back into life. You can get overwhelmed by too much information and fear.”Although Ain’s role has changed as she faces this new challenge, she said that overcoming strife is not new to the Jewish community.“Now, more than ever, I’m trying to keep people physically safe and spiritually connected. In Jewish history, there have been times of strife and trouble, so this isn’t new,” she said. “We adapt, as we have for thousands of years.”The key difference now, she said, is the availability of technology. With live streaming, she said she now holds twice daily services, and that people have been logging in not just from inside the U.S. but from countries like Canada, Israel and Uganda as well.“I now livestream Shabbat every Friday evening and Saturday morning,” Ain said. “My membership also started a phone tree and outreach program to make sure we are checking in on the elderly and the needy.”Our God is near and asks us to be near to one another. Perhaps right now we cannot draw near physically to others for fear of contagion, but we can reawaken in ourselves a habit of drawing near to others through prayer and mutual help. #HomilySantaMartaWhen it comes to the Catholic community, Aymond said he also uses live streams to circumvent the restrictions on mass gatherings during this Lenten season.“We are live streaming masses online and on television. I’m writing spiritual pieces on social media,” Aymond said. “I want to remind people to not only get what they can from the TV and the Internet, but also the Bible. We can seek out those traditional resources, too.”All three religions have major holidays rapidly approaching — Easter, Passover and Ramadan all begin in the coming weeks — and each leader offered advice to their followers who might feel lost while observing this year.Walid said that Ramadan, which begins April 23 and ends May 23, is a particular “concern.”“Because we have nightly prayers together and daily classes on the Quran at mosque. It’s the one time of the year that Muslims who never come to mosque during the year, show up,” he explained.“Folks need to remember that you can stay connected as a community even if you can’t do it in person. I’ve seen families organizing Zoom calls for kids and other communities,” Walid reiterated.Ain said she has seen changes when it comes to other major Jewish events, such as Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.“Some are holding very small gatherings, while other families are choosing to change their dates,” she said. “And I’ve seen caterers still offering kosher meals for takeout for those who need them.”Aymond said there may not be an immediate lesson that folks can leearn from this challenging moment, but he said that ultimately, it’s time to “trust in your faith.”“I think what we do know is that in times like these, it doesn’t make a difference if you’re rich or poor, what your ideology is or even your political party,” he said, “it affects everyone.”“But it also brings us together and it can certainly increase our trust. Real faith is when you walk by trust and not by sight. If we saw everything, it wouldn’t be faith,” he added. “So trust in your faith.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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No. 3 UWF baseball series vs. Henderson State canceled

first_imgNo. 3 UWF baseball series vs. Henderson State canceled PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 3 West Florida baseball team’s series vs. Henderson State scheduled for this weekend at Jim Spooner Field has been canceled.The Argonauts were scheduled to host a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. None of the games will be made up.UWF will host Shorter in a three-game series April 12-13 at Jim Spooner Field.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version (Emmele Photography) center_img Sharelast_img

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Investigation launched after diesel stolen from buses

first_imgGardai have launched an investigation after diesel was stolen from a bus operator in Letterkenny.A number of buses belonging to McGettigan Travel were targetted yesterday.It is understood the thieves broke a fence and escaped with the fuel. Gardai are checking CCTV footage in a bid to identify the culprits.Investigation launched after diesel stolen from buses was last modified: November 14th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dieselletterkennyMcGettigan’s buseslast_img read more

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‘Today I woke up in a country that said…’

first_img“Be who you want to be.” Zanele Situ, Nelson Mandela, ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala, Natalie du Toit, Joel Stransky, Johnny Clegg and Sipho Mchunu are among the New South African heroes who woke up to a country Alive with Possibility.High-band video streaming Low-band video streaming Downloadlast_img

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Big Question (Answered): “What’s Your Morning Tech Routine?”

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Earlier today we shared our tech routine. We thought it would be interesting to see what our readers did each and every morning to catch up on the news that’s happened while they slept. What’s your morning tech routine?We asked and culled your responses from Facebook, Google+, Twitter and the the original post and we used Storify to present it all back to you. If you have additional responses, please leave them in the comments. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img robyn tippins Tags:#community#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce feels Andy Carroll can help Joelinton settle.Bruce was happy to have both on the pitch for their 1-1 draw with Brighton.He said, “On ‘Big Joe’, the burden of being a Newcastle United centre-forward is always going to be there and I think for any player who comes to the Premier League they need a bit of time, especially if you are young.”No disrespect to the Bundesliga or wherever they have come from, it is totally different to playing against three big centre-backs from Brighton who bashed him to bits.”It wasn’t until Andy Carroll came on where we could give him a bit of a hand but it was a bit of an eye-opener for him.”He learned from it, he is desperate to do well, so give them a bit of time and I think they will both flourish.” last_img read more

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Looking for Lorna Blacksmith

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police continue to look for a young Aboriginal woman last seen Jan. 11 in the city’s west-end.They are asking for help in locating Lorna Blacksmith, 18.Blacksmith is 5’4 and weighs about 110 lbs. She has medium length blonde hair and greay-hazel eyes.Blacksmith was last seen wearing black pants, white hoddie and a red bomber-style jacket.Police say she may be headed west to Alberta.Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to contact the Winnipeg police missing persons unit at 204-986-6250.last_img

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Performance review Thad Matta outstanding for Ohio State mens basketball

OSU oach Thad Matta talks to his players during a timeout. OSU beat Minnesota, 64-46, Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta received positive feedback in his most recent performance review with athletic director and recently promoted Vice President Gene Smith, but Smith wants Matta to be more involved with promoting the Buckeyes’ early non-conference games.In his most recent performance review dated Sept. 4, Smith used words like “outstanding” and “remarkable” to describe Matta’s performance last season, according to public records requested Feb. 4 by The Lantern and received Monday.In the overall comments portion of the review, Smith said Matta “continues to be one of the premier coaches in the country,” and called his leadership “outstanding.” However, Smith referenced the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule in the “opportunities for improvement” section.“Needs to assist the department in promoting early non-conference games to strengthen interest and attendance,” Smith said.OSU coasted through its 13 non-conference contests this season, winning each game by at least 10 points except the 64-61 decision against Notre Dame Dec. 21.The weak non-conference slate could have hurt the Buckeyes in the long run, who later lost five of seven Big Ten games in January.As for last season, OSU finished 29-8, won the Big Ten Conference Tournament, earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Elite Eight before bowing out to Wichita State, 70-66. Overall, the report indicated Smith was pleased with the job Matta and company did.“This past year was another remarkable performance competing in a 4th Sweet 16 in a row and advancing to the Elite 8,” Smith said in the review. “The team exceeded all public expectations.”Matta’s performance is broken down into eight subheads: Academic Success of Program, Competitive Success of Program, Commitment to Compliance, Student-Athlete Welfare, Leadership, Communication, Budget Management and Public Relations/Donor Relations.Each subhead has different categories to assess Matta’s performance, and all were marked as a “strength,” with the exception of Commitment to Compliance, Budget Management and Public Relations/Donor Relations. Matta “met performance standards” in those three areas, as noted in the report.None of the sections were marked as “opportunity for improvement.”The team’s overall GPA was 2.82, with four players — then-senior guard Alex Rogers, then-junior guard Aaron Craft, then-sophomore forward Sam Thompson and then-freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle — being named Scholar Athletes for finishing the school year with a GPA of 3.7 or above.Matta is in his 10th season at the helm of the men’s basketball program, notably being the only coach in the country to lead his team to four straight Sweet Sixteens. His record is 121-27 in those four years, with each team notching at least 28 wins each season. read more

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Football Billy Price and Tyquan Lewis named to AP preseason AllAmerican list

Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA day after the Associated Press’ preseason top 25 poll, the AP unveiled its list of preseason All-Americans, naming redshirt senior center Billy Price to the first team and redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis to the second team.This is the first time either player has been named to the preseason list.Price has already been gaining quite a bit of notoriety this preseason, having already been named to the watch lists for both the Rimington Trophy as well as the Outland Trophy. He will be starting at center on the offensive line for the Buckeyes after making the transition from right guard after the 2016 season.As the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis has been racking up the preseason accolades this year. He was named a preseason player to watch out of the Big Ten and was named to a pair of award watch lists: the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award.The pair of teammates will be expected to live up to the preseason hype and help defend Ohio State’s No. 2 ranking in the AP Preseason Poll when they travel to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. read more

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