With strict stay-at-home orders, social distancing measures and countrywide lockdowns, the faithful and religious leaders have had to find creative ways to bring their services and communities together in these trying times.
Many religious leaders, including Pope Francis, have moved their weekly services online to observe social distancing. Some have put photos of their congregations in the pews so they could preach to their flock instead of an empty church. Others have offered drive-in Sunday services where congregants stay in their vehicles and hear the service through their radios.
There have even been a few drive-by confessionals set up.
Whatever your faith, this pandemic has undoubtedly had some impact on how and where we observe and worship. The following are images from around the world of religion in the age of coronavirus.
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Old City of Jerusalem
Santa Ana, California
Brooklyn, New York
New Delhi, India
San Jose, Costa Rica
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
New York, New York
That post exemplifies the root of the problem - a historical legacy of centuries of propaganda based on the premise of European racial supremacy. It portrays the white colonial master that is the savior to the ever thankful poor black slave. Thank God, I’m an emancipated African - and I don’t worship at the feet of white gods - the Queen or the Governor, who are simply relics of outmoded colonialism built on the tenets of racist institutions of white supremacy that colonized and enslaved Africans for centuries.
As Bob Marley said, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,” because sometimes, “shit is just shit!”