Black Chicago churchgoers join one-quarter of Americans who say their faith's grown stronger during the COVID-19 pandemic

Javonte Anderson, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Religious News

And while Person said he is secure in his faith, he acknowledged the pandemic has been tough.

"Is it challenging? Absolutely," he said. "Is It difficult? No doubt about it. But you have to do it. This is my task."

The enthusiasm that typically exists in black churches is now visible online, shifting from sanctuaries to people's homes.

Words of encouragement customarily shouted from the pews are now being typed online.




"Preach, preacher!!!"

"Alright, pastor!" someone commented during a service livestreamed on a recent Sunday.

Melanie Nero, who attends New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in East Garfield Park, said she regularly chimes in with a comment when watching services Sunday mornings.

Moved by the music, she can't resist cheering while the choir performs.


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