Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

2 Out Of 3 Churchgoers: It's Safe To Resume In-Person Worship

Saturday, August 08, 2020

An overwhelming majority of Americans say houses of worship should abide by the same restrictions on public gatherings that apply to other institutions.

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Religious Groups Received $6-10 Billion In COVID-19 Relief Funds, Hope For More

Monday, August 03, 2020

More than 400 evangelical churches and ministries each received forgivable loans worth at least $1 million.

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The Closure Of Catholic Schools Is 'Devastating,' Advocates Say

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Administrators say the COVID-19 economic downturn means many low income families can no longer afford Catholic school tuition fees.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Catholic Schools Especially Hard

Thursday, July 30, 2020

At least 100 Catholic elementary and secondary schools may have to close this fall, because COVID-19 concerns are leading to lower enrollments. Families of color may be hardest hit.

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COVID-19 Surge Has Some Church Leaders Rethinking Whether To Reopen

Friday, July 17, 2020

One survey finds 5% of pastors saying their churches will not resume in-person worship for the remainder of 2020.

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Multiracial Congregations May Not Bridge Racial Divide

Friday, July 17, 2020

The number of multiracial churches is growing in the United States, but the leaders of color who work in them still see attitudes of white supremacy.

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Several Churches Announce They Won't Reopen This Year

Friday, July 17, 2020

A small but growing number of churches have announced they do not plan to reopen until 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

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Recent SCOTUS Decisions On Religion Open Up New Questions

Saturday, July 11, 2020

The Supreme Court says LGBTQ persons have civil rights, but new rulings also gives religious institutions more freedom from the government. Critics see an erosion of church-state separation.

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White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots In U.S. Christianity

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Beginning in the days of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, elements of racist ideology have long existed in white churches. How Christians could promote such views is a point that upsets many people.

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Evangelical Christians Grapple With Racism As Sin

Saturday, June 06, 2020

For many, the Gospel is more about the need for personal salvation than the duty to address societal ills.

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Why Talking About Systemic Racism Can Be Difficult For Evangelical Pastors

Friday, June 05, 2020

Evangelical Christians have been traditionally focused on their personal relationship with Jesus. But some are now seeing a need to expand their attention to address the issue of racial justice.

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President Trump Visits John Paul II Shrine To Promote International Religious Freedom

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

President Trump has visited a Catholic shrine Tuesday to promote religious freedom. The D.C. Archbishop criticized this visit and another president's controversial church visit Monday.

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Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op

Monday, June 01, 2020

After U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops pushed demonstrators out of Lafayette Park, President Trump walked from the White House to St. John's Church where he posed for pictures with a Bible.

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CDC Revises Guidance For Churches, No Longer Limiting Choirs

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Churches have been left without clarity on whether to allow singing when they reopen after the CDC said guidance published against singing was a mistake.

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Despite Trump's Demand, Not All Houses Of Worship Reopen

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

After President Trump demanded governors allow houses of worship to reopen immediately, governors of California and Minnesota eased restrictions. But many places of worship say they'll remain closed.

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President Trump Sides With Churches Asserting A Right To Reopen

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Trump declares houses of worship "essential" and warns governors not to oppose his instruction that they be allowed to reopen.

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Some Religious Leaders Vow To Have In-Person Services Despite Government Orders

Friday, May 22, 2020

Some religious leaders around the country keep saying they will reopen their churches despite government orders, and the Trump Administration is now siding with those churches.

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NIH Chief Francis Collins Awarded 2020 Templeton Prize

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Collins, a top scientist and evangelical Christian, says, "The realization that principles of faith and science are complementary has been of great comfort to me in the search for truth."

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'Things Will Never Be The Same.' How The Pandemic Has Changed Worship

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The closure of churches due to the coronavirus could have long-lasting effects on congregations. Some people say they have become more connected with their faith, while others may be drifting away.

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Houses Of Worship Around The Country Are Struggling To Reopen

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The closure of churches due to the coronavirus could have long-lasting effects congregations. Some people say they became more connected with their faith, and others may be drifting away.

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