Faith Communities Adapt to COVID-19: How Different Religious Groups Are Reacting To the Crisis

By Cindy Han Apr 7, 2020

The Saint Ann Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night set up a livestream of a Eucharistic Adoration service on Sunday, March 29.

How are people in Maine of different faiths adapting to the changes brough on by COVID-19? Major religious holidays are being marked in new ways during the current crisis. We talk with faith leaders about how their communities are coping during this time–from altered ways to worship to spiritual guidance on how to find solace and resilience.

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Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, rabbi of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville; executive director, Center for Small Town Jewish Life; based in Waterville, teaches Jewish studies at Colby College

Rev. Alyssa Lodewick, designated term pastor, Woodfords Church in Portland; president, Maine Council of Churches

Dr. Hassan Abouleish, physician in Houlton; board member, Islamic Center of Maine in Orono

Carroll Conley (call-in), executive director, Christian Civic League

Most Rev. Robert Deeley (call-in), Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland

Right Rev. Thomas Brown (call-in), BishopEpiscopal Diocese of MaineResources