How Black Churches Have Played a Pivotal Role in Their Community During Coronavirus Pandemic

Churches have been essential to the survival of the African-American community in this deadly COVID pandemic that’s hit minorities particularly hard.

The Black church was one of the only institutions positioned and trusted enough to address mind, body, and soul.

“We already had a relationship and you really can’t speak to people on a soul level without having a relationship,” said Pastor Charles Norris, President of the St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition.

Often, churches were prime places for food distribution, COVID testing, and vaccinations.

When it came to services, many had to make changes like requiring stringent temperature checks to get in the buildings, masking, and social distancing. The churches also used technology to show services online.

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SOURCE: KSNT, Elliott Davis

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