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Bishop Fairley Urges Kentucky Churches to Cancel In-Person Worship

posted on March 14

As many of you may have already read or seen, Bishop Leonard Fairley has strongly urged and requested that churches in Kentucky cancel in-person worship services for the next two weeks in order to protect the vulnerable populations among us. As he says, this is not about faith versus fear, but about the sanctity of life.

Bishop Fairley's Written Statement

Brothers and sisters in Christ,

In just the last few hours I have been in deep prayer and had a difficult conversation with my Extended Cabinet. As your Bishop, I am strongly urging and requesting that for the next two weeks our churches suspend in-person worship and other large church gatherings.

The people of God have a moral obligation to witness to the sacredness of life and our calling to protect and preserve, even when it causes us to make decisions that tear at the very fabric of who we are as worshipping communities of faith and disciples of Jesus Christ. Making a call like this absolutely breaks my heart, because the church is the one place people have been able to assemble in times of joy, grief, and celebration. However, as a passionate spiritual disciple, I can’t stand by while the lives of God’s people are potentially jeopardized. 

Follow this link to read the rest of Bishop Fairley's statement.