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

Carolyn Caster / AP

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


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.