Coronavirus Is Forcing Black Churches to Make Tough Choices

What responsibilities do pastors owe to their congregants to keep them safe?

A congregation member raises a clenched fist as a gospel choir sings at a church service at the Oasis of Life Family Church. Photo: Lionel Healing/AFP/Getty Images

“We know that the average Black church is between 75 and 100 members. Missing a service can mean the difference between lights on and lights off for many congregations,” says theologian and ethicist Keri Day.

Laney concedes that, had certain technological investments been made at Monument of Faith, canceling Sunday’s service wouldn’t have been necessary.

Candice Marie Benbow is a theologian, essayist and creative who situates her work at the intersections of beauty, faith, feminism and culture.