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Iowa State University instructor of philosophy and religious studies Jeffrey Wheatley.
06.10.2020

Are Religious Communities Reviving the Revival? In the US, Outdoor Worship Has a Long Tradition

By The Conversation

Religious communities have been forced to find alternative ways to worship together during the coronavirus pandemic. For some that has meant going online, but others have turned to a distinctly non-digital practice steeped in the history of the American religious experience: outdoor worship. Prayer sessions in parking lots and services in green spaces formed part of an improvised response to the lockdown by religious leaders, and they may now be part of a long-term plan as the United States emerges from the crisis. So are brick-and-mortar houses of worship essential? It is a question that Iowa Sate University instructor of philosophy and religious studies Jeffrey Wheatley believes is just as much religious as legal.