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2020 Coronavirus Pandemic

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High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON (AP) – With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.

ERLC urges court to block N.Y. pandemic order

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to halt enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions in New York state that it says withhold equal treatment from religious groups.

New York leaders face restrictions at every level

NEW YORK (BP) – New York Southern Baptist leaders don’t expect the COVID-19-induced limitations to change much before next spring, if then.

Even during pandemic, Southern Baptist churches have much to be grateful for

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (BP) – Dusty Marshall has only served as pastor of New Life Baptist Fellowship for about 11 months. But it has been a wild 11 months.

Reactions vary from Kentucky pastors over governor’s request

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Reaction to Gov. Andy Beshear’s request to halt indoor services for houses of worship over the next three to four weeks ranged from disappointment to compassion from a variety of Kentucky Baptist pastors.

Churches prioritize responsible outreach during a pandemic

MADISON, Tenn. -- Sergio Arce knocks on the door of a home close to the church he pastors. Arce isn’t expected and doesn’t know if anyone is home. This is a cold-call visit.

Half of pastors see negative economic impact for church

NASHVILLE (BP) – After a few years of economic optimism, pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation.

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a surprisingly robust 90 percent effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

FROM THE STATES: Churches make room for students learning remotely

Illinois churches host students displaced by pandemic; Georgia churches help bridge broadband gap.

FIRST-PERSON: My first Sunday back to church

My first Sunday back after quarantine, I sat in a daze on the pew in my Central Asian church. The IKEA Christmas star still hung suspended from the ceiling above the baptismal in the corner.