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Coronavirus
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The senior pastor of a church in western Michigan has encouraged his congregation to catch the coronavirus to "get it over with" and calling it "all good." The Holland Sentinel reports that Bart Spencer made the statements during a Nov. 14 sermon at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Holland. The sermon was posted on the church's website and shared on Facebook. Spencer later told the newspaper that he and several members of his family contracted the virus and have recovered. As of Thursday, 380,343 virus cases have been confirmed in Michigan. More than 9,500 people have died from the virus.

Elise Helgesen Aguilar (Part II)

Nov 2, 2020
Elise Helgesen Aguilar
au.org

We continue to discuss religion and education with Elise Helgesen Aguilar, Federal Policy Counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Elise Helgesen Aguilar

Oct 26, 2020
Elise Helgesen Aguilar
au.org

We discuss religion and education with Elise Helgesen Aguilar, Federal Policy Counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times (Part II)

Oct 19, 2020

Philip Goldberg returns to Common Theads to continue our discussion on his book, 'Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times: Powerful Tools to Cultivate Calm, Clarity, and Courage.'

Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times

Oct 12, 2020

Our guest today is Philip Goldberg.  Phil joins us to discuss his latest book, 'Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times: Powerful Tools to Cultivate Calm, Clarity, and Courage.'

Erik R. Seeman
University of Buffalo

Erik R. Seeman returns to continue our conversation. He joins us to talk about his book, ‘Speaking with the Dead in Early America.’

Erik R. Seeman is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo. He is author or editor of numerous books, including ‘Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800.’

Speaking with the Dead in Early America

Sep 28, 2020
Erik R. Seeman
University of Buffalo

Our guest is Erik R. Seeman.  Erik joins us to talk about his book ‘Speaking with the Dead in Early America.’

Erik R. Seeman is Professor of History at the University at Buffalo. He is author or editor of numerous books, including ‘Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492-1800.’

Scales of Justice photo
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop pro-Palestinian protests outside a synagogue in one of Michigan’s most liberal cities.

The protests, with signs that say “Jewish Power Corrupts” and “Resist Jewish Power,” have occurred for nearly 20 years during Sabbath services at Beth Israel Synagogue in Ann Arbor.

Some members said their right to worship has been violated by offensive signs that cause emotional distress. But U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the protests are protected by the First Amendment.

Catholic collar photo
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Face masks are mandatory for people who attend indoor Mass in the Upper Peninsula, starting Saturday, the region’s Roman Catholic bishop said.

“Though the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of face masks in limiting the spread of COVID‐19 is still inconclusive, there is sufficient evidence to judge prudently that we should wear face masks to limit the spread of the disease,” Marquette Bishop John Doerfler said.

A mask may be uncomfortable, he said, “but it is a sacrifice that we can make out of love for each other.”

Felician Sisters Covid-19 fatalities photos
Associated Press

At a convent near Detroit, 13 nuns have died of COVID-19. The toll is seven at a center for Maryknoll sisters in New York, and six at a Wisconsin convent that serves nuns with fading memories.

Each community perseveres, though strict social-distancing rules have made communal solidarity a challenge as the losses are mourned.

Only small, private funeral services were permitted as the death toll mounted in April and May at the Felician Sisters convent in Livonia, Michigan — a spiritual hardship for the surviving nuns.

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