Weeks

After Weeks on Zoom, Churches Consider Plans to Reopen

Manuel Cuzco, 63, who lives nearby, kneels on the steps of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, March 22, 2020. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)
Manuel Cuzco, 63, who lives nearby, kneels on the steps of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, March 22, 2020. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

When everything began shutting down back in March, Steve Wiens thought he would be leading church via Zoom for two, maybe four, weeks.

Members of his church, Genesis Covenant in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, rose to the challenge. They celebrated the Eucharist from their kitchens, with coffee and doughnuts, Capri Sun and Oreos. They divided themselves into small groups across town to keep tabs of who needed groceries or supplies.

“We’ve somehow maintained a real intimacy and sweetness because we leaned into the values that always held us,” Wiens said.

But as the weeks have turned into months, and Zoom fatigue is settling in, many church leaders are contemplating how — and when exactly — to reopen. This week, Wiens mapped out

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