The Church has dealt with the issue of how to respond to infectious disease before, from the 1919 flu epidemic to swine flu. Today’s concerns over ebola are again causing churches to examine practices such the passing of the peace and distribution of communion.
An article at HuffPost looks at how various religious groups are responding to ebola and the fear of ebola in the US;
“The UCC’s response highlights the resources within religions that help communities find strength to face the unknown. As important gathering places, religious centers can in fact play a vital role in sharing information about Ebola, calming fears, and, if the time comes, stopping the physical spread of the disease.”
How is your congregation responding?