Empty Houses of Worship, Economic Angst the New Norms

NAACP CEO & President Derrick Johnson speaks with April Ryan about the current realities of sheltering in place, worry over job and income loss, empty houses of worship, and loneliness and malaise brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

Johnson also asks pivotal questions of the Senate when responding with a national stimulus plan.

Click ▶️ to listen to AURN Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan’s White House Report:

Reverend Janet Cox, a deacon at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., delivers her sermon from an empty church to home-bound congregants by a livestream broadcast, as city-wide restrictions aimed at controlling the COVID-19 outbreak force people indoors, Sunday March 22, 2020, in New York. “I have never had to speak to empty pews before, but I just had to think of the people out there and imagine they are right here.” New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo is urging people not to ignore social distancing orders and clustering in groups as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Reverend Janet Cox, a deacon at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., delivers her sermon from an empty church to home-bound congregants by a livestream broadcast, as city-wide restrictions aimed at controlling the COVID-19 outbreak force people indoors, Sunday March 22, 2020, in New York. “I have never had to speak to empty pews before, but I just had to think of the people out there and imagine they are right here.” New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo is urging people not to ignore social distancing orders and clustering in groups as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)