WALDOBORO, Maine -- Churches, synagogues and mosques are returning to normal services as the pandemic recedes.
But a looming question is how many worshippers will be returning.
Religious leaders fear some of the millions who stayed home from places of worship during the pandemic won’t be coming back, hastening a slide in attendance.
Some houses of worship won’t make it.
On the Maine coast, the pandemic proved to be the last straw for the 164-year-old Waldoboro United Methodist Church.
Leaders say the situation for religious organizations was complicated even before the pandemic, but the crisis was the “straw that broke the camel's back.”