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Local Faith Leaders, Congregants Share Hopes And Concerns About Returning To Places Of Worship




A faithful prays in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere where from Monday May 18 it will be possible to celebrate mass after more than two months of lockdown on May 15, 2020 in Rome, Italy.
A faithful prays in the Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere where from Monday May 18 it will be possible to celebrate mass after more than two months of lockdown on May 15, 2020 in Rome, Italy.
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Like many things that rely on social interaction and being in the same place as others to be fulfilling, religious and faith communities across the world have had to get creative during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here on AirTalk alone, we’ve heard from leaders of Muslim, Jewish and Christian faith communities who shared the challenges of celebrating weekly services and high holy days over video conference instead of together in a place of worship. Most, but not all, in California have followed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order so far, but with parts of the economy in all 50 states now open in some capacity, discussions among faith leaders and congregants about returning to in-person worship are no doubt gathering momentum. A recent addition to the pressure to allow religious institutions to open up again came on Tuesday in the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to Gov. Newsom warning him that his plans to roll back the stay-at-home order may be violating the constitutional right to religious freedom.

Today on AirTalk, we want to hear from leaders and members of faith communities and religious institutions across Southern California -- how are you getting ready to restart weekly worship services? What precautions are you taking to ensure the safety of congregants? Join the live conversation by calling 866-893-5722.