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Video: DeWine says it’s “not Christian” to hold church during coronavirus

Holding church services this Sunday “is not a Christian thing to do” says Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. He was addressing Solid Rock Church in Butler County, which has continued to hold services in spite of the coronavirus outbreak. DeWine spoke at the Wednesday, April 1, 2020 coronavirus news conference at the Ohio Statehouse.Can’t see the video? Watch here.

Tinsley column: True treasures revealed during the COVID crisis

A week ago, my wife and I went for a walk keeping our 6-foot distance from others. Two children rode up on their bikes, a brother and sister ages 8 and 6. They asked us to come to their house so we could play with them. When we stopped at our daughter’s house, our granddaughter drew blue circles in the street with sidewalk chalk 6 feet apart so we could visit. Their neighbor asked me if I had ever seen anything like the COVID-19 crisis that we are experiencing. I said, “No, I am […]

Looper column: Pray for your pastor during the COVID-19 crisis

Your pastor needs prayer right now. He is facing significant stressors, making decisions that may have far-reaching consequences and handling questions from concerned parishioners for which he may not have answers.I spend the first hour-and-a-half of each day in my study, doors closed, a cup of coffee in hand. I reach for the Book of Common Prayer and turn to the Daily Office readings, bookmarked to the current week. After a brief prayer, I read the psalm of the day, the Old Testament […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Jesus without a church service

Dear Pastor,Tiny churches could literally die out from all these canceled church services. What are we to do?A: We get quiet and listen to God’s direction right now. We trust God with outcomes beyond our control. God has pulled the plug on conventional church services for a “Selah” moment in history around the world. My sense is that he’s requiring each person to have their full focus on him; without the pulpits, microphones, worship bands and choirs. God […]

Standring column: Medical workers: Love them by reducing their patient loads

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****In Paris every night at 8 p.m. windows and balconies thunder with applause and cheers as medical workers leave the hospital. My childhood friend sent me a video clip.In Milton, Massachusetts, I am recuperating from surgery with witness to the courage of doctors, nurses, aides and all hospital staff. Where would I be without them? On March 18, the removal of part of my lung due to a tumor, was successful. Here I am a week […]

Tinsley column: Surviving the C crisis together

Last Saturday afternoon, March 21, my wife and I invited a group of our neighbors to bring their lawn chairs and meet in our driveway. Ten of us showed up and positioned our chairs 6 feet apart. (If more had come, we were prepared with a second driveway across the street). A few had met, but most did not know each other. Our neighborhood has been typical of most suburbs. We pass each other coming and going to work, then disappear into our garages. We occasionally see each other walking our dogs, […]

Daniel Pilarczyk | 1934-2020: Former Cincinnati archbishop led southwest Ohio Catholics for 27 years

Former Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, who guided southwest Ohio’s Catholics through some of the church’s most trying times, died Sunday in Cincinnati. He was 85.Pilarczyk, who had been in declining health for years, led the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for more than a quarter century and was the nation’s longest-serving bishop when he retired in 2009. His final years in the top job came as the church struggled with widespread allegations of […]

Looper column: Dealing with isolation during the COVID-19 crisis

In 2016, long before the advent of COVID-19, The New York Times ran a piece by a Dr. Dhruv Khullar titled, “How Social Isolation Is Killing Us.” “Social isolation,” Dr. Khullar wrote, “is a growing epidemic - one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical, mental and emotional consequences. Since the 1980s, the percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20% to 40%.”What effect will the social […]