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Explore more than 20 relevant online classes offered by Calvin University regarding the Christian response to COVID-19 Topical Study on COVID-19 and Worship As containment of COVID-19/novel coronavirus forces your worshiping community to implement 'shelter in place' worship and practice social isolation, we offer these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. How the Church Can Respond to the Coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-the-church-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt Topics: Church , Prayer Source: The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention How should churches handle COVID-19? This article explains why churches should care about COVID-19 and offers practical guidelines that churches can use to respond to the pandemic. Church After Covid-19 Article by Derek Allen https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/378538-church-after-covid-19-three-hard-realities-the-church-must-face.html Article by Derek Allen Topics: Church , Worship Planning Source: Church Leaders Derek Allen considers three realities the church must face to prepare for church after COVID-19. COVID-19, Wilderness and Humanity Article by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/asd/2020/03/12/covid-19-wilderness-and-man/ Article by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick Topics: Wilderness Source: Ancient Faith Blog Things will settle out in this COVID-19 crisis and competing authorities will finally converge on a consensus. But our problem with the hostile wilderness will remain. Is God Behind COVID-19? Article by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/asd/2020/03/14/is-god-behind-covid-19/ Article by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick Topics: Sin , Suffering , Theodicy Source: Ancient Faith Blog Is God behind COVID-19? Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick says yes, but with a very important explanation. Return from Exile Article by Judith Farris http://www.christiancourier.ca/news/entry/return-from-exile Article by Judith Farris Topics: Church , Worship Planning Source: Christian Courier Describing it as a sort of return from exile, Judith Farris considers how Canadian churches are safely reopening their doors during COVID-19. Paisios, Pigs, Veronica, and COVID Audio/Video by John Finley https://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/onefivethree/paisios_pigs_veronica_and_covid Audio/Video by John Finley Topics: Source: Ancient Faith Ministries The same God that knows if a hair falls from your head, the same God that knows if a sparrow falls from the sky, is not surprised about COVID-19. (Podcast length: 13:01) Reopening Guidance for Churches in Light of COVID-19 Article by Bryan Haley https://www.faithward.org/reopening-guidance-for-churches-in-light-of-covid-19/ Article by Bryan Haley Topics: Worship , Church , Congregation , Worship Planning Source: Faithward This article by Bryan Haley and Grace Claus presents suggestions on both determining when to reopen worship services during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to conduct worship services while slowing the spread of disease. Disastrous Assumptions to Make About Volunteers During and After COVID-19 Article by Bryan Yeager http://factsandtrends.net/2020/07/09/3-disastrous-assumptions-to-make-about-volunteers-during-and-after-covid-19/ Article by Bryan Yeager Topics: Ministry , Leadership Source: Facts & Trends Whether we’re in the middle or post phase of this COVID-19 pandemic, Bryan Yeager says that we can easily adopt disastrous assumptions if we aren’t careful. Time to Reopen? Audio/Video by Diana Sanchez-Bushong https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/worship-matters-episode-21-time-to-reopen Audio/Video by Diana Sanchez-Bushong Topics: Worship Planning , Church Source: Discipleship Ministries In this video interview, Diana Sanchez-Bushong and Derek Weber share research about the pitfalls and joys of reunion as churches begin to reopen for in-person worship as COVID-19 restrictions lift. (Length: 24:39) Eco Sabbath Article by Jessica Banninga http://www.christiancourier.ca/news/entry/eco-sabbath Article by Jessica Banninga Topics: Creation , Environment Source: Christian Courier Jessica Banninga considers what the COVID-19 pandemic can teach us about creation care. The Pastoral Challenge of a Brooklyn Church and COVID-19 Article by Gary V. Simpson https://faithandleadership.com/gary-v-simpson-pastoral-challenge-brooklyn-church-and-covid-19 Article by Gary V. Simpson Topics: Church , Death , Life Source: Faith and Leadership From one of the COVID-19 pandemic’s epicenters, a minister describes his congregation’s experience through death and new life over the last four months. COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity Element of Worship https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/a-prayer-for-healing-and-hope/#solidarity Element of Worship Topics: Prayer Source: My Catholic Life A Catholic prayer of solidarity amid COVID-19 concerns for those who have contracted the virus, those who are especially vulnerable, those who are affriad, lawmakers, healthcare workers, and more. COVID-19 and Orthodox Liturgical Reform: What’s Possible? Practical How-To by Nicholas Denysenko https://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2020/05/01/covid-19-and-orthodox-liturgical-reform-whats-possible/ Practical How-To by Nicholas Denysenko Topics: Liturgy Source: Pray Tell Nicholas Denysenko looks at the liturgical reforms made necessary in the Orthodox Church by COVID-19 restrictions, and suggests several alternatives going forward to community-wide liturgy. COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation Practical How-To http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/covid-19-and-worship-resources-for-churches-adapting-to-social-isolation Practical How-To Topics: Worship , Worship Planning , Prayer Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship As containment of COVID-19/novel coronavirus forces your worshiping community to implement 'shelter in place' worship and practice social isolation, these resources help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. COVID-19: Prayer to St Joseph Element of Worship by Pope Francis https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/a-prayer-for-healing-and-hope/#stjoseph Element of Worship by Pope Francis Topics: Joseph, Saint , Prayer , Pope Source: My Catholic Life The following Prayer was prayed by Pope Francis on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, and is especially applicable amid COVID-19 concerns. Families Keep Going, In Pandemic and Health Article by Rachel Anderson https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2020/july-web-only/family-responsibilities-education-childcare-coronavirus.html Article by Rachel Anderson Topics: Family , Families , Mental health Source: Christianity Today In this article, Rachel Anderson reports on how the COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting changes in schooling and employment, has affected the mental health of families at home. Domestic Violence and COVID-19: What You and your Church Need to Know Article by Lynn Min https://www.faithward.org/domestic-violence-and-covid-19-what-you-and-your-church-need-to-know/ Article by Lynn Min Topics: Family , Church , Violence , Love your neighbor Source: Faithward Addressing the growth of domestic violence that accompanies the COVID-19 pandemic, this article by Lynn Min and Pamela Pater-Ennis discusses how Christians can love their neighbors by developing relationships with people who are victims of abuse. COVID-19 Shouldn't Stop Evangelism but May Change It Article by Matt Queen https://factsandtrends.net/2020/05/07/covid-19-shouldnt-stop-evangelism-but-may-change-it/ Article by Matt Queen Topics: Evangelism , Technology Source: LifeWay Because the gospel serves as the door for anyone to enter the family of faith, Matt Queen argues that churches must intentionally practice evangelism inside and outside their buildings--even during COVID-19. How to Support Your Community During COVID Practical How-To by Eduardo Rodriguez https://www.faithward.org/serving-and-connecting-in-this-time-of-transition/ Practical How-To by Eduardo Rodriguez Topics: Hope , Community , Missions , Compassion Source: Faithward An article by Eduardo Rodriguez that reflects on the importance of churches partnering with their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and outlines several practical ways to generate such partnerships. COVID-19: Virus or Vitamin? Article by Ken Braddy https://kenbraddy.com/2020/05/05/covid-19-virus-or-vitamin/ Article by Ken Braddy Topics: Church , Ministry , Pastoral leadership Source: Ken Braddy "COVID-19 is a vitamin for our church, not a virus." Ken Braddy offers reflections on the ways the coronavirus is a virus and a vitamin for the church.

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