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Crowd Bans Push Worship Online In Bloomington-Normal

Charlie Schlenker
Many faith communities in central Illinois practiced social distancing by starting or increasing on line worship.

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the nation to disconnect from usual routines, communities of faith tried all the harder to hold on to each other and offer solace. Many turned to worship online, some as a regular part of the program, others for the first time, using meeting programs such as Zoom.

Charlie Schlenker produced this audio postcard of how Bloomington-Normal churches connected Sunday.

You heard online voices of members and ministers from Trinity Lutheran Church, Eastview Christian Church, Vale Church, First Assembly of God, Saint John’s Lutheran, and the Unitarian Universalist Church all of Bloomington-Normal.

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WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.