As state health officials report the lowest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Georgia since April 8, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions against gathering in large groups because of the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

A gathering of 92 people in a small church led to 35 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths, the CDC said Tuesday, and a church in northeast Georgia that returned to in-person services at the end of April closed again last week for "the foreseeable future" after several families contracted the virus, church representative Joan Lewis told The Christian Post on Monday.

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The pastor of a Unitarian Universalist church in Augusta would like to meet the vandals who graffitied the church recently in what he calls an act of terrorism.  

“We’ve even offered to the people who have done it, you can come talk to us. You can come to a service and see who we are,” said Don Cameron, interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta.  

Over the weekend, church members found the words “God will not be mocked” spray painted twice on the church building, along with two Stars of David crossed out with a black stripe.  

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Every Sunday, Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon serves a free breakfast to anyone who needs it. For years Barb Fischer has been there, too, scraping plates clean before they hit the dishwasher. Why? She says she's in it for the hugs. 

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia

Churches were built all over Georgia during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They were social and spiritual centers from across mountains, the Piedmont, to the swamps and pine barrens of south Georgia. They were of all dimensions and denominations. Some have lasted down the years in fine shape while some require restoration.

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Millennials aren't as religious as generations before them. That's according to a report from the Pew Research Center. The study found 35 percent of Americans born between 1981 and 1996 are religiously unaffiliated. We gathered a group of church leaders to explain how they engage with young people. 

Can Going To Church Make You Live Longer?

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There are all kinds of way to get healthy. You could spend time jogging, doing yoga...or going to church. New research from Emory University finds regular attendance at religious ceremonies can improve one’s health and lower mortality. We talk about this idea with the lead author on that study, Ellen Idler. She’s a Professor of Sociology at Emory University. We also chat with Harold Bennett, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Morehouse College.

Tybee Bar Church

Tybee Island reverend Michael Elliott’s congregation doesn’t gather in pews on Sunday mornings. Instead, they listen to his sermons from bar stools most any night of the week. Elliott says his decision to minister in a bar rather than a traditional house of worship gives more people the opportunity to practice their faith and gives him the chance to reach more people. 


Elliot and one of his congregants, David Cahill, join host Celeste Headlee to talk about finding faith in unusual spaces.