As America seems to be eagerly preparing for the endemic phase of COVID-19, we still have a few more bits of insight on how the pandemic has affected us both mentally and spiritually. 

In this month’s commentary, I do a little bit of daydreaming about a post-pandemic world and coming back together in worship. Maybe your congregations have special services of remembrance and hope planned too, but it is well worth sharing our losses and our hopes for a brighter future together.

In fact, research recently published in the Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion outlined how talking about our problems with fellow congregants likely played a role dealing with the anxiety and stress brought on by the pandemic. We provide a synopsis of the team’s findings in our news section this month.

But lastly, we are kicking off a series of essays looking at the bigger story of how we got here. Courtesy of retired Teaching Elder of the Presbyterian Church Jim Miller, we take a historical stroll behind some of the key ideas of Christianity and how the faith and science interactions have unfolded. This month we publish the first in a series of four essays on the topic by Miller, who has been a long-time supporter of curiosity about science and how it impacts our daily lives and our shared faith.

We hope you enjoy this month’s issue!

Susan Barreto, Editor

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