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Cal Pac Conference Churches to continue Virtual or Outdoor Worship Services Only

As we move into the New Year, there have been new questions about restrictions for worship gatherings following the Supreme Court's decision on November 25th.

 

In that decision the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against the Government of New York setting regulations for worship gatherings that were more strict than regulations for retailers, offices and factories.

 

The ruling was based on the Courts understanding of the First Amendment’s guarantee of Religious Liberty. On December 3, the Court also vacated the same restrictive guidelines in California. 

 

While these rulings address a matter of constitutional law lifting governmental ability to restrict religious worship, it does not change the California-Pacific Conferences dedication to participate in our local efforts to eradicate the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting scientific and health care experts recommended guidelines to curb this deadly contagion.

 

To that end we continue to freely worship as the Body of Christ, but for the United Methodist Churches of the California-Pacific Conference, we will continue to do so only virtually and in approved outdoor settings.  We pray for patience and endurance so the vaccines which are now being deployed can bring us to the place we can joyfully embrace in our Sanctuaries. 

 

When that day comes, we will all gather together and lift our voices in thankful praise for the health of our families of faith.

 

Blessings,

 

Rev. Melissa Roux MacKinnon

East District Superintendent

California-Pacific Conference of the 

United Methodist Church


 

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