Religious groups make the jump to remote worship during coronavirus

A virtually deserted parking lot at the Promenade Temecula mall. With millions of Californians under a statewide stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, some religious organizations are looking to the internet as a means for worshipers to stay connected with their spiritual communities. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Religion is perhaps one of the most important sources of social interaction for many Americans.For some people, it’s the only chance for socializing they get during the week.It provides a sense of community. Churches, mosques, synagogues and houses of worship from the myriad of other religions that are practiced in the United States are often a place for people to turn to when times are tough. When they need something to give them hope. When they need someone to reassure them.Times like right now.But with bans on large groups of people issued two weeks ago, and now with California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a statewide stay-at-home order, religious organizations have had to scramble to find ways to accommodate worshipers while canceling in-person services.M
Subscribe or log in to read the rest of this content.