Jewish communities prepare to welcome int he New Year with services and family gatherings limited by the rule of six; People are suffering ‘moral injury’ in pandemic, unable to live their values due to restrictions; Research project to map interplay of faith, ethnicity and deprivation through the pandemic.
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a more localised response to covid19 is welcomed for valuing the parish – the ‘church’s little platoons’. But commentators suggest the church itself has swung towards central command.
Archbishop says trust local communities to tackle impact of coronavirus; Swale council rejects chaplain because politics and religion don;t mix; Muslim charity set up to support British converts.
93% of British Catholics accessed church services online in lockdown; Church weddings may be declining but the marriage ceremony is ‘extraordinarily bouyant’; 17 Birmingham mosques take part in blood donor campaign in fight against Covid-19.
Methodist Homes for the Aged honours 398 people who died and others who recovered from Covid-19; London based hearing into human rights abuses against Uyghurs; Faith leaders support Biden to ‘restore the nation’s values’.
Rev Steve Chalke, says government needs to act now to provide a Covid-secure, failsafe timetable and plan for next year’s exams, as the knock on effect of school closures reverberates.
Pope gives €250,000 to devastated Beirut; Orthodox Jewish community at risk of coronavirus; organ music returns to Welsh churches; and Wordsworth’s former home becomes a Buddhist retreat centre.