Expert Pitch
University of Redlands

University of Redlands Professor Marcia McFee says though we can't gather, we can still celebrate Easter, Passover, or Ramadan. "In fact, it is perhaps essential to do so, in this moment, this year."

9-Apr-2020 8:50 AM EDT, by University of Redlands

University of Redlands Professor Marcia McFee says though we can't gather, we can still celebrate Easter, Passover, or Ramadan. "In fact, it is perhaps essential to do so, in this moment, this year."

"In the Easter story, human pathos meets the divine ethos of love, hope, and care, and the world certainly is yearning for some good news," says Marcia McFee, Ph.D., the Ford Fellow Visiting Professor of Worship and Ritual Studies at the University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology. 

"Easter is a moment when the faith narrative of Christianity offers its most poignant bottom line for humanity—the sun always rises on another day. Hope for the renewal of life is what regular church attendees, once-or-twice-a-year attendees, or those who simply gather the extended family for dinner and chocolate bunnies look for. Brighter colors, budding flowers, triumphant rushes of energy from loud brass instruments, new clothes, encouraging sermons, and even the anticipation of finding Easter eggs in the back yard—all elements full of anticipated better things.

"And so, yes, we can still celebrate Easter, for some, Passover, and for others, Ramadan. In fact, it is perhaps essential to do so, in this moment, this year. 

"Divine goodness is already popping up all over. Communities are hanging homemade hearts and rainbows in windows, coming out of their houses at prescribed times to cheer and sing, delivering groceries to elderly and vulnerable neighbors, drawing encouraging messages with chalk on sidewalk corners. Celebration and fellowship are already happening as families across the miles gaze with more affection at each other on videoconference dinners that take on deeper appreciation and meaning. Hope is happening as more people are alive today and will be tomorrow because of the common effort to stay inside for the sake of the wider community. These 'rituals' show that we are connected by our sheer will to live, and our love of life."

McFee suggests things to make rituals special at home and extend fellowship:

1. Watch a service online. Add some flowers from outside if you can to a “worship space” where you will watch in your home. Have a candle ready to light at the beginning of the worship–a traditional sign of the presence of hope in the midst of despair. And dress up as you would if attending a service in person. Afterward, take a walk (call it a parade) in your holiday finest, waving to all people you encounter from afar. 

2. Keep dinner rituals as in other years and videoconference with those who are not with you. Take some time to intentionally check in with each other and share from the heart with a question such as “What have you seen that is full of life or hope?" (Get a dinner ritual here: www.covidheartstogether.com)

3. Create something together such as crafts to hang in the windows, messages of encouragement with sidewalk chalk. Make the colors bright. Then top it off with a dance party in your front yard. Post your photos and videos of the day online, spreading further light and love. 

4. Go to www.covidprayers.org to light a candle and write a prayer for those who are affected by COVID-19. 

Marcia McFee, Ph.D., is the Ford Fellow Visiting Professor of Worship and Ritual Studies at the University of Redlands Graduate School of Theology. 




Filters close

Showing results

110 of 5634
Newswise: shutterstock_1724336896.jpg
Released: 13-May-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Kreuter receives $1.9 million in grants to increase vaccinations in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis

Matthew Kreuter, the Kahn Family Professor of Public Health at the Brown School, has received $1.9 million in grants to help increase COVID-19 vaccinations among Blacks in St. Louis City and County.

Released: 13-May-2021 11:35 AM EDT
COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines are Immunogenic in Pregnant and Lactating Women, Including Against Viral Variants
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers evaluated the immunogenicity of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in pregnant and lactating women who received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. They found that both vaccines triggered immune responses in pregnant and lactating women.

Released: 13-May-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Pandemic stigma: Foreigners, doctors wrongly targeted for COVID-19 spread in India
Monash University

The Indian public blamed foreigners, minority groups and doctors for the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the country during the first wave, due to misinformation, rumour and long-held discriminatory beliefs, according to an international study led by Monash University.

Released: 13-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
28 Community Programs Receive Grants Through Penn Medicine CAREs Program
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine CAREs awarded grants to 28 projects, many of which aim to fill vast needs in the community created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while others seek to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Released: 13-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET
Newswise

How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET

Released: 13-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Dental procedures during pandemic are no riskier than a drink of water
Ohio State University

A new study’s findings dispel the misconception that patients and providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office.

Newswise:Video Embedded lung-damage-not-the-culprit-for-post-covid-exercise-limitations
VIDEO
Released: 13-May-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Lung Damage Not the Culprit for Post-COVID Exercise Limitations
American Physiological Society (APS)

A new study suggests the lungs may not be the main factor that reduce exercise ability in people recovering from severe COVID-19. Anemia and muscle dysfunction also play a role. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for May.

Newswise:Video Embedded australia-accelerates-new-covid-19-vaccine-to-fight-mutant-strains
VIDEO
Released: 13-May-2021 2:05 AM EDT
Australia accelerates new COVID-19 vaccine to fight mutant strains
University of South Australia

A leading South Australian immunologist has been awarded $3 million from the Federal Government to accelerate work on a locally developed Covid-19 vaccine, in what's anticipated to be the second line of defence against the virus.

Released: 12-May-2021 5:10 PM EDT
Understanding SARS-COV-2 proteins is key to improve therapeutic options for COVID-19
Bentham Science Publishers

COVID-19 has had a significant impact since the pandemic was declared by WHO in 2020, with over 3 million deaths and counting, Researchers and medical teams have been hard at work at developing strategies to control the spread of the infection, caused by SARS-COV-2 virus and treat affected patients.


Showing results

110 of 5634

close
2.52408