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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.

Pfizer seeking emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine in US

Pfizer said Friday (Nov. 20) it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic – but not until after a long, hard winter.

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.

2nd virus vaccine shows overwhelming success in U.S. tests

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Moderna said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, a second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.

Justice Alito: Some COVID-19 church restrictions blatant discrimination

WASHINGTON (BP) – The nation's High Court allowed blatant discrimination to stand in at least two cases limiting church activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told the Federalist Society Thursday (Nov. 12).

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.