Jamie Dean

Jamie is WORLD’s national editor based in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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Gathering storms

Religious Liberty | Some churches continue to meet in person amid the COVID-19 pandemic
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/06/20, 03:03 pm

While church leaders across the United States scrambled to organize online worship services in mid-March, pastor Rodney Howard-Browne told a large crowd gathered in his Tampa church why he would never cancel public gatherings: “This Bible school is open because we’re raising up revivalists, not pansies.”

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When disaster visits the vulnerable

Coronavirus | The coronavirus threatens those who need care the most and strains networks providing help
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/23/20, 11:33 am

Jim Davis remembers one of the last games he played with elderly residents at White Oak Manor in Newberry, S.C., before the threat of the coronavirus largely confined the vulnerable population to their rooms for the foreseeable future.

On a pleasant afternoon, Davis—the facility’s activities director—led a group through a word game about flowers and pies. Between turns, the residents talked about their favorite blossoms. Some chatted about the tastiest desserts. 

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Inside the outbreak: Church in a pandemic

Churches | President calls for no gatherings of more than 10 people
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/13/20, 04:10 pm

Editor’s Note: This is an update to a story that originally published March 13, 2020.

On Sunday morning, churches across the nation went virtual: Many congregations livestreamed worship services in the wake of the coronavirus crisis that has jolted daily life in the U.S. to an unprecedented halt. 

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