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We need the Sabbath's calm more than ever

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC explores the importance of the holy Sabbath in promoting rest and tranquility during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Geraldine Van Beuren, Professor of International Human rights Law at Queen Mary University of London, explores the importance of the holy Sabbath in promoting rest and tranquility during the Covid-19 pandemic, in this opinion piece for The Times. Professor Van Beuren begins by stating that organised religion has become more important to people of all ages since the spread of coronavirus. She comments on how the Sabbath brings a set day of rest, promoting peace and restoration, as well as helping to mark the passage of time. She also explores how different religions observe the Sabbath or periods of rest, and says: "The ancient religious traditions of periods of tranquility during the week are providing a sense of normality, belonging and structure, which are valued at this time of uninvited fundamental change."

Read the full piece on The Times website (subscription required).