Only the beginning: Swine Flu Changing Rituals

Here is a list of just a few articles about the way the swine flu threat is affecting the way that people are relating to one another.

I’m not sure exactly where this is all going to lead, but it may just mean that out of fear, we become a whole lot less hospitable people. Now, could you imagine the world even less hospitable than today’s?

Flu Fears Curb Life’s Rituals

World Response to Swine Flu

Would Swine Flu Spoil Your Hajj?

Faith & Ethics- In God We Trust

Swine Flu Affecting Restaurants, Shopping, and Schools

Thoughts? How are you relating to people differently?


4 thoughts on “Only the beginning: Swine Flu Changing Rituals

  1. Diane- Thanks for this! It seems like many groups are trying to figure out what to do about the coming flu; but i remain concerned for the sociological implications of such changes in pattern.

    Not that I am “get sick we must not change the liturgy,” but because in my community, common practice not theology is what holds the community together.

    Does this make sense? Others?

  2. Josh,
    I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    When I was in Nicaragua, I spent the first half of the summer praying that I wouldn’t get lice… and then God opened my eyes to see that an itchy head was a small price for loving (expressing that love) the children.

    Father Damien would express that willingness to enter into community without regard to the physical consequences in a much more dramatic way.

    Thanks for the post!

  3. Also, my favorite part of this discussion was the NYTimes article that confirmed my suspicion of beer pong hygience (college friends always told me that the alcohol kills the germs!)

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