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May 28, 2020 – Amanda Robbins, Associate Director

  • CDC Guidance on Reopening Houses of Worship: As Jenny Korn and Dr. Birx discussed in depth, we encourage you to review this document to learn best practices on safely reopening your houses of worship CDC Guidance for Communities of Faith
  • Additional Resources on Reopening Houses of Worship Guidance: How can faith leaders best care for their diverse communities while still gathering in the safest manner possible? The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives held a webinar with top experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to review the most up-to-date information available regarding what communities need to know about COVID-19, available safety and prevention protocols, and helpful guidance on reopening worship facilities. Watch the Webinar: What Faith Communities Need to Know About COVID-19
  • Mental Health Resources: The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives issued a new Mental Health Guide, “Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and Their Caregivers,” which is attached and linked HERE.
  • Quotes from President Trump on Reopening Houses Of Worship:
    • PRESIDENT TRUMP: “Today, I am identifying houses of worship, churches, synagogue[s], and mosques as essential places that provide essential services. Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential, but have left out churches and other houses of worship. It’s not right, so I am correcting this injustice.”
    • PRESIDENT TRUMP: “I call upon governors to allow our churches and places of worship to open right now. If there is any question, they’re going to have to call me, but they’re not going to be successful in that call. These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united.”
    • PRESIDENT TRUMP: “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now – for this weekend. If they don’t do it, I will override the governors. In America, we need more prayer, not less.”
    • WATCH the Full Announcement HERE
  • U.S. Department Of Labor Advances Protection For Religious Liberty
    • Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia issued both a directive and guidance to advance religious liberty protections to bolster the Department’s on-going efforts to advance the principles set forth in President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order 13798.” Read the full Press Release HERE.

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