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

Apr 7, 2020

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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.


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 Maine