Religious organizations reflect on pandemic changes

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 7:05 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The outbreak of COVID-19 made churches close their doors and made Zoom, Google Meet and more virtual platforms household terms. These organizations are reflecting on changes they made that have stuck around.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations worldwide are still meeting for worship and other meetings virtually. Robert Hendriks, The U.S. Spokesman, said this is how they are protecting everyone.

“We have to be careful and responsible. We would end up hurting ourselves or others and might not even know it and we don’t want that to happen,” Henderiks said.

Henderiks knows members are feeling pandemic burnout, but they believe keeping everything virtual for the foreseeable future is the best way to keep people safe. “We are not putting emotions first we are putting principles ahead of preferences,” Hendriks said.

Nate Britt, Pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Casper, said his church didn’t close down at all. “In our county, we were able to have in-person services of nine people or less,” Britt said.

Lighthouse Baptist congregation members are now able to come in person or watch a live stream. Most if not all of the members prefer to come in person. “Participation and community are strong with the folks in our church, Britt said.

They are also concerned about keeping their members safe from COVID-19 or any other illness. Britt said members are honest if they have been exposed or if they aren’t feeling well. “We try to take the pandemic very seriously, but at the same time, we don’t want to be paralyzed with fear just because of the risk of getting sick,” Britt said.

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