Study Other Faiths, Worship Resumes, SCOTUS Update, Iran Thanks Zoroastrians, Sikhs Help, Samaritan’s Purse Hit Again, Methodist Split Delayed, Everyone is Our Mother
How to Study Other Faiths
Rule 1: When you are trying to understand another faith, you should ask adherents of that faith for information rather than critics or enemies of that faith. Rule 2: Do not compare the best things about your own religion with the worst things of other faiths but rather compare bests with bests.
Rule 3: You should be open to aspects of other’s faiths that you admire so deeply you are inclined to wish they were part of your own faith.
How to Keep People Safe When In-Person Worship Resumes
Social distancing, quarantine and other restrictions have helped curb the spread of COVID-19, but as the economy worsens and job losses increase, many states and localities are rolling back restrictions. So what are the steps to take to keep self and family safe as many areas return to near-normal activity?
Supreme Court Update on Religious Liberty
Iran thanks Zoroastrians for Help
Samaritan’s Purse Taxed After Helping in NYC
Sikhs Step up to Help in Coronavirus Pandemic
Sikhs are known for service to the public, such as providing vegetarian meals to people in need, to fire victims and to those stuck at home during the pandemic. One of the precepts of the Sikh religion is for men to leave their beards unshaven. Sikh doctors in the UK protested being required to shave their beards, even though being unshaven is a religious requirement. But Dr. Sanjeev Singh-Saluja in Montreal shaved his beard in order to fit a mask securely and continue to help Coronavirus patients.
Methodist Split Delayed by Virus
The United Methodist Church has been working for some time on a split between congregations who oppose same-sex marriage and gay pastors and those who accept it. The conference to decide was to have taken place at the Minneapolis Convention Center May 12-15. Instead, bishops are proposing to hold it there Aug. 31-Sept. 10 of next year, which leaves the issues undecided.
Everyone is Our Mother