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Ebola Survivor Faces COVID Challenges Serving in Africa

By ROBIN SAYLORAbilene Christian University The COVID-19 pandemic might feel like déjà vu for ACU graduate Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia. Six years later, Brantly and his family returned to Africa, where Kent works in Zambia at Mukinge Mission Hospital. Read a Q&A conducted in 2020 with Brantly

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Bishop Eases COVID Restrictions in Area Episcopal Churches

Bishop Scott Mayer has eased COVID-19 restrictions for churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas. Masks will still be required for indoor worship social distancing requirements will be lifted. The diocese issued the following statements, with changes effective Sunday, May 16: After more than a year of living with COVID-19, we may finally be seeing a light at the

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Churches, Ministries Continue with Mask Requirement

By LORETTA FULTON Many churches. ministries, and religious institutions are continuing with COVID-19 protocols, including wearing a mask, despite Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that the statewide mask mandate will be lifted effective Wednesday, March 10. The governor’s order also allows restaurants to return to 100 percent seating capacity, effective March 10. Reactions to the governor’s announcement vary from “it’s too

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Survey Finds Varying Effects of COVID-19 On Religious Faith

Pew Research CenterAnna Schiller As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause deaths and disrupt billions of lives globally, people may turn to religious groups, family, friends, co-workers or other social networks for support. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 14 countries in the summer of 2020 reveals that more Americans than people in other economically developed countries say the outbreak has

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Churches Canceling In-person Worship Following Letter from Medical and Community Leaders

By LORETTA FULTON More than a dozen Abilene churches, including one with two campuses, are canceling in-person worship services Nov. 22 and Nov. 29, and in some cases farther into the future, following a public letter signed by fifteen Hendrick Medical Center officials and community leaders expressing concern over the growing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Also, Bishop Michael

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