Sacramento Bee: Religious worship in the age of coronavirus: How centuries-old traditions are being upended. “As one of the holiest times of the year approaches for the world’s major religions and faithful believers like [Matthew] Yamzon, the coronavirus pandemic has upended traditions that houses of worship have relied upon for centuries. Some have scrapped all services in favor of online models using technologies like Zoom computer conferencing. Some are offering limited hours of prayer inside, while eliminating live celebrations of Easter.”
Catholic Philly: Catholic community across U.S. praying live, on YouTube. “The number of Masses, Stations of the Cross, meditations and other devotions being livestreamed by dioceses, parishes and other groups around country continues to grow. In addition, an online database called ‘With Your Spirit’… lists livestreamed Masses around the country and allows Catholics to add Masses and other online services they know of to the database, which has been compiled by Michael Bayer, director of evangelization and adult formation at St. Clement Catholic Church in Chicago, with the help of many volunteers.” I have mentioned other databases of religious services before, but this one appears to be just for Catholicism.
Inspire Magazine: Whitby web developer builds free online church service planner. “‘Churchserviceplanner.co.uk is a website churches can use to produce online services. Services can include a variety of content – text, videos from YouTube or Vimeo (including live streams if available) and links to other resources on the internet.'”
Jewish News Syndicate: Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free online educational resources for those at home. “New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is offering several online resources for parents, teachers and students as the museum remains temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.”
Penn Live: Worship goes online – and to the drive-thru – as churches adjust to coronavirus shutdowns. “Like many places across the nation and the world, Pennsylvania has enacted strict restrictions to public gatherings and access to non-vital businesses in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many of the state’s churches have followed suit. And as those shutdowns continue to affect the various aspects of our lives, many places of worship are doing what most of us have done – looked to the Internet to stay in touch with one another.”
ColLive: Largest Online Seforim Database Now Free. “Bored at home? Have access to thousands of seforim at your fingertips, for free. Otzar HaHochma, the world’s largest digital library containing more than 100,000 Judaica books, is now available free of charge.”
Religion News Service: New website shares lists of multi-faith online worship services during pandemic. “The Online Faith Collective was announced Friday and launched Saturday, with dozens of faith communities sharing their worship services – and more are flooding in. ‘With the new reality of closings, faith leaders are finding ways to reach out safely to support and grow their communities through online worship,’ said Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, creator of the project.”