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Religious Gatherings and Covid Restrictions: The Legal & Public Health Issues For Houses of Worship


The recent Supreme Court decision that lifted strict Covid-19 restrictions on houses of worship has raised questions about religious gatherings and public health during the pandemic. We talk with representatives from the legal, health and religious perspectives about how the law intersects with public health, and how these conflicts are playing out in Maine.


Aaron Frey, attorney general for the State of Maine

Maron Sorenson, assistant professor of government, Bowdoin College

Rev. Jane Field, executive director, Maine Council of Churches 

Most Rev. Robert Deeley, bishop, Portland Diocese

Molly Curren Rowles, executive director, Jewish Community Alliance of Southern 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.