Religious Life at BU Is “Resilient and Resurgent,” despite Pandemic

March 30, 2021

In spring 2020, the 104-year-old widow of a former BU professor became one of Marsh Chapel’s first congregants to die from COVID-19. “We have not been able to gather” to memorialize her or others lost during the pandemic, as on-premises gathering remains suspended, Marsh Chapel Dean Robert Allan Hill laments one year later.

Yet while the virus forced what Hill calls “worshipping in diaspora” remotely on Sundays, the use of technology has grown participation in daily chapel rituals: Tuesday Bible study, Wednesday tai chi, Thursday yoga, Friday Buddhist meditation. These ”reached more people, different people, through those virtual seminars than we would have otherwise,” Hill says, so “it would not surprise me” if their online presence survives beyond the pandemic.

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