How Christians worldwide celebrated Easter

Coronavirus | Lots of churches livestreamed to maintain social distancing, but others found more tangible ways to worship together
by Leah Hickman
Posted 4/13/20, 12:53 pm

The video shook as missionary Brendan Maynard repositioned his phone and added more tape to hold it in place on a chair. One piece of tape obscured the shot of the table across the room, but he adjusted to clear the view. The Facebook livestream had already started, and Maynard’s voice came from behind the phone: “Hello everybody! We’re just having some COVID crisis here with a lot of electrical tape.” 

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Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

Trump delivers Easter Sunday speech

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/13/20, 11:51 am

President Donald Trump wished Americans a happy Easter while acknowledging the bitterness of keeping church doors closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

When can churches open again? During a White House briefing on Sunday, the president said he hopes Americans will be able to meet in person soon, but he didn’t give any dates and called for maintaining social distancing until then. He said he may form a task force to make plans to lift current restrictions but promised to continue listening to health experts and not reopen the economy prematurely.

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Kansas GOP slams Easter order

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/09/20, 11:22 am

The governor called it heartbreaking, but the state legislature said it was lawbreaking. As Kansas tries to contain its growing number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday extended her executive order banning public gatherings of 10 or more people to church services and funerals. The Democrat said the order “brings me the greatest sadness” of any she has issued in her time as governor, but it was necessary. Not so, said the Republican-controlled legislature, which voted to overturn the executive action.

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