Stay-at-home faith. There’s a podcast for that.

Stay-at-home faith. There’s a podcast for that.

March 27, 2020 While the doors at many houses of worship are closed to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, there are still ways to access spirituality online. Houston is home to a number of locally made podcasts, dedicated to exploring faith. These digital audio files can be downloaded and listened to whenever and wherever is convenient. Interfaith Podcast Project If Houston could tell its story, it would include a tale of diverse religions thriving in one city. That’s…

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COVID-19 pandemic may affect Ramadan

COVID-19 pandemic may affect Ramadan

March 27, 2020   The Islamic community is concerned the COVID-19 pandemic may interrupt Ramadan. Local Imams and Muslim community leaders said depending on the masjid, Ramadan services could be canceled, altered or remain as planned. “We are looking at April 24 being the first day of Ramadan on this side of the world. We are hoping this has [ended] by then but we are preparing for the worse,” said Aliya Khabir, principal consultant, AZK Communications, LLC. “What I’ve seen…

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Clergy laugh off bloopers as the coronavirus forces churches online

Clergy laugh off bloopers as the coronavirus forces churches online

March 27, 2020   The Rev. Megan Castellan has been livestreaming morning prayer from home every day through the coronavirus pandemic for her parishioners at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ithaca, New York. But Thursday’s prayer (March 26) was an “epic disaster,” Castellan told her followers on Twitter. Both the rector’s dog and cat decided to participate in … Read more about Clergy laugh off bloopers as the coronavirus forces churches online

Sikh volunteers prepare 30,000 free meals for people in isolation

Sikh volunteers prepare 30,000 free meals for people in isolation

March 25, 2020 If you know anything about Sikhism, this news will not surprise you. If you don’t, you’re about to learn about a religion with a long history of humanitarianism.  Sewa, or “selfless service” is a way of life for Sikhs. It means helping others with no expectation of anything in return or hope of gain in any way. Through sewa, Sikhs demonstrate the equality of all people, show love and respect towards others, and protect themselves from selfish vices.  … Read…

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How the coronavirus could change America’s religion of sports

How the coronavirus could change America’s religion of sports

March 25, 2020 More than 90 years ago, on a cold and stormy December night in Kansas, a Christian minister named Charles Sheldon walked into a crowded gymnasium to take in a college basketball game. Sheldon is best known as the author of “In His Steps,” the 1896 book that popularized the “What Would Jesus Do?” phrase. But in 1929 Sheldon was not wondering what Jesus would do; he was wondering what his church members were already doing. As he watched…

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Coronavirus’ Toll on Weddings and B’nai Mitzvah

Coronavirus’ Toll on Weddings and B’nai Mitzvah

March 25, 2020 Chicago native Debbie Steinberg never imagined she’d have to cancel her dream wedding celebration and move it to the living room of a friend’s house. But that’s exactly what she and her fiancé, Jordan Kagan did on March 16, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Within a few hours, they had gathered close friends, brought out a chuppah, dresses and suits, and filmed the ceremony on Facebook Live for family and friends. “Everything was basically planned,”…

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UUA closes Boston office, discourages large gatherings

UUA closes Boston office, discourages large gatherings

March 11, 2020 Leaders recommend suspending worship gatherings and other large events; staff are working from home; UUA events in the next month have been moved online or canceled. n ongoing efforts to promote public safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is requiring all staff in its Boston office to work from home until further notice. UUA events and meetings scheduled during March and early April have been canceled or moved online. The UUA is also…

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On Common Ground: World Religions in America

On Common Ground: World Religions in America

The religious landscape of America is changing as immigrants from all over the world take the oath of citizenship and claim the United States as their home. From the beginning this has been a nation of religious diversity, but today it is probably the most religiously diverse nation on earth, despite its overwhelming Christian majority. The deepest reason for America’s religious diversity is our fundamental commitment to religious freedom: matters of religious conscience cannot be legislated or decided by majority…

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Ubersuggest is Now More Free

Ubersuggest is Now More Free

Please read the whole post as I have a few surprises for everyone and it affects all member types. A month or so ago, I blogged about the future of Ubersuggest and how there will still be free plans along with paid ones. But as you probably noticed, the free plan wasn’t as generous as you were hoping for. And with Coronavirus growing at a rapid pace and affecting so many people and businesses, I thought I would do my…

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