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Source: Orthodox Theological Society of America The Orthodox Theological Society of America has produced a document on the Covid vaccines (in a FAQ style) to answer some basic questions about the vaccines with a short discussion of some of the ethical questions surrounding them. This is mostly just an informational (i.e. scientific) document that attempts to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the vaccine to provide sound scientific information from an Orthodox perspective (as all of the authors are Orthodox and members of the society.) CLICK HERE to view the document

Source: The New York Times Church leaders have backed government restrictions, but defiance by hard-liners and a commitment to the sacrament of communion, taken with a shared spoon, may undercut good intentions. By Niki Kitsantonis ATHENS — The coronavirus has dealt a double blow to the powerful Greek Orthodox Church, with the disease spreading through its ranks while the clergy fends off criticism that it has been stoking the pandemic. The church’s leader, Archbishop Ieronymos, declared from the outset of the pandemic in the spring that he was committed to supporting the conservative government’s public health campaign to halt the spread…

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Gayle Woloschak Originally published on September 18, 2020 COVID has changed the lifestyles of almost every American (and even most citizens of the globe) since March 15 when quarantine orders, stay-at-home orders, mask orders, work limitations, social distancing, and many other such measures began. In many locations, these orders are in effect “until a vaccine for COVID is available.” The presumption is that a vaccine will render a person immune to serious infection from the virus. Naturally, the world awaits the production of a safe and effective vaccine, not just any vaccine. What do we mean by this? A safe…