Black churches have suffered big losses this year. They’ve also adapted, and some are thriving.
— Curtis Bunn, NBC News
Black churches have certainly not been spared from the incalculable loss from the coronavirus pandemic.
Churches have long been a haven for Black communities, as places for spiritual nourishment, social connection, community organizing. But with the pandemic hitting Black populations disproportionately, communities are reeling from the loss of pastors and other faith leaders.
The deaths have tested churches’ resolve while expanding their imagination about how to function during and, eventually, after the pandemic.