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| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



From Buddhists to Baptists, Oklahoma City metro houses of worship are making efforts to prevent the spread of swine flu or H1N1, but religious leaders said most people are taking their own precautions. For Quail Springs Baptist Church, that meant the placement this week of large dispensers of hand sanitizers at water fountains and other […]




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Winnipeg churches ban handshakes over H1N1

| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



The Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg has banned handshaking between church-goers over concerns it could lead people to contract the H1N1 influenza virus, also known as swine flu. In a statement Thursday, Archbishop James Weisgerber said all city Catholic churches and schools are now in "Stage 1" of a three-stage pandemic prevention plan. That means the […]




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Churches adapt to the threat of the H1N1 virus

| September 28, 2009 | 0 Comments



Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – Churches are taking extra pre-cautions to keep the deadly swine flu from affecting more communities in our area. Person-to-person contact is the easiest way to spread the virus, leaving Sunday mornings a prime-time to get sick. “We are mindful of the fact that this is a place where the virus […]




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Worship practices bend to slow H1N1

| September 25, 2009 | 2 Comments



Minnesota’s churches and other places of worship have become the newest front in the battle against the flu. As the H1N1 virus spreads, the state’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives urged Friday that worship practices — including communion — be changed as a precaution against the disease. The council, appointed by Gov. Tim […]




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Churches Step Up Precautions Against Swine Flu

| September 24, 2009 | 1 Comment



When swine flu concerns peaked in late April and early May, sales of a combination of sealed juice and individually wrapped communion wafers soared. eChurch Depot, the Camp Hill, Pa., based online distributor of church supplies reported a brisk business. June through August sales of the juice and wrapped wafer were between three and four […]




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Praying for their health

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments



The First Baptist Church of Ken-Gar is traditionally a "hugging congregation." But to slow the spread of germs, especially the H1N1 flu virus, the Rev. Carl Davis said he has urged his flock to make do with a wave and a smile. "It makes it kind of hard because we want to be about hugging, […]




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Health Ministry: Resist the urge to kiss your rabbi

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments



Observant Jews who kiss the hands of esteemed rabbis, their own hands after shaking somebody else’s or publicly owned Torah scrolls or holy books out of respect or devotion should tame their urge and avoid this practice for their own and others’ health. Saliva with the swine flu virus or ordinary seasonal flu strains could […]




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Synagogue Swine Flu Guidelines Issued

| September 23, 2009 | 0 Comments



(IsraelNN.com) With an eye to increased attendance at services during the upcoming holiday season, Dr. Eitan Chai-Am, Director-General of the Health Ministry issued instructions on Thursday for ways to minimize the spread of the H1N1 swine flu virus at synagogues. People who don’t feel well should not go to synagogue. Those who go should not […]




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H1N1, seasonal flu prompt changes at churches

| September 21, 2009 | 0 Comments



They’re wreaking havoc on schools throughout East Tennessee, now the swine flu and the seasonal version are causing many people to think twice when it comes to worshiping on Sundays. Attendance at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is usually modest, but this week an estimated 25 percent of the congregation was out sick. At least three […]




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Spreading faith, not flu

| September 21, 2009 | 0 Comments



TUSCALOOSA | As schools take precautions for the flu season and try to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, so do some local churches. “I’ve sent out a letter to encourage [parishioners] to stay at home if they are sick, that it’s not sinful to miss Mass,” said the Rev. Gerald Holloway, priest at […]




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Spreading the Word, Not the Germs

| September 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Spreading the word without spreading germs. How can churches make sure that happens? Churches, generally a sanctuary for prayer, are now a possible breeding ground for the swine flu and church leaders are on alert. At some Catholic churches, they’re already taking precautions. "As part of our Catholic tradition, we recite the "Our Father," and […]




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Local Churches Implement Swine Flu Precautions

| September 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



MILWAUKEE — Most places of worship have started to take certain precautions regarding swine flu to make the congregation feel a little more secure. Big crowds can mean unknown germs and, these days, the possibility of swine flu. While houses of worship may be sacred, they’re not exempt from it. Worship can mean the illness […]




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God bless you …but please don’t shake my hand

| September 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Like other places where folks gather regularly, churches could become exchange centers for the H1N1, or swine flu, virus. However, an informal survey of East County congregations show churches are taking steps to decrease the potential for becoming pandemic-promoters. Linde Eidenberg, parish nurse at Trinity Lutheran Church, 507 W. Powell Blvd., notes her health ministries […]




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Not taking H1N1 threat lying down

| September 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



With a vaccine still several weeks away and the H1N1 flu season already under way, area schools and synagogues are trying to raise awareness without causing unnecessary worry. Rachel Gallagher said she planned to take the necessary precautions Saturday morning while attending Shabbat Rosh Hashanah services with her three children at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. […]




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Practicing Health Where They Preach

| September 20, 2009 | 0 Comments



Side by side, hand in hand worshippers of all religions often find themselves in close quarters. This weekend concerns over h1n1 will be high in houses of worship across North Texas and across the world. After parishioners kneel down at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Allen, they wipe down. Robert Halladay works in the church […]




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