US faith leaders lead congregations through tumultuous time
Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK American religious leaders across faiths are grappling with the heavy burden of helping to heal two active traumas: rising civil unrest driven by the police killing of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic. "Stay on high moral ground and we will win.Among the religious leaders in Minnesota organizing for spiritual care since Floyds death was Bernard Hebda, the Catholic archbishop of the Twin Cities. Imam Asad Zaman, the Muslim American Society of Minnesotas executive director, outlined multiple law enforcement reform proposals in response to Floyds death. Lewis, senior minister at New York Citys Middle Collegiate Church, urged other faith leaders to respond to Floyds killing by taking their sympathy from words to actions.
The Latest: White House bans travel to the US from Brazil
TOP OF THE HOUR: White House announces a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus. ___WASHINGTON The White House has announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus in Latin Americas hardest-hit country. Brazil had reported more than 347,000 COVID-19 cases, second behind the U.S. in the number of infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University count. The civil protection agency on Sunday reported just 50 deaths but officials said that Lombardy had not updated its toll. Travel between provinces will remained prohibited until late June and international tourists wont be allowed to come until July.
Slowly, surely, US houses of worship emerge from lockdown
Andy Beshears temporary ban on mass gatherings from applying to in-person religious services, clearing the way for Sunday church services, with guidelines. They made their plans to hold in-person services three weeks ago. Copeland said Fridays CDC release of religious guidelines made it all the more legit for the timing of their return to in-church services. While many announced they would resume in-person services next Sunday on Pentecost, others joined Stithton today in returning to their places of worship. Many in California had already announced they would violate the state order and hold in-person services next Sunday, on Pentecost.