Pandemic Response and Religion in the United States represents an initial archiving of online materials related to religion and the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Materials are organized by thematic category and can be searched by keywords. This database will encourage further research into religion and pandemic response. We hope that such research will in turn serve to guide policy decisions by religious organizations and governments. It will also serve as a foundation for teaching about religion and health, disaster response, and other key issues at the high school and college levels. This project was made possible by a WMU Meader Presidential Endowment Covid19 Response Grant. The project’s principle investigator (PI) is Dr. Stephen Covell and the co-PI is Dr. Diane Riggs. Data was collected by the following graduate students in the Department of Comparative Religion: Cameron Borg, Gerald Brooks, Jarrett Stalinger and Emily Warren.

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Submissions from 2020

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How the World Has Learned to Grieve in a Pandemic, Claire Felter, Lindsay Maizland, and Sabine Baumgartner

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Iowa Religious Leaders Call on Churches to Avoid Gatherings Despite State Loosening Rules on Services, Charles Flesher

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WMU Researchers Creating National Database of Religious Response to COVID-19, Erin Flynn

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Drums, Dancers Livestream as Virus Moves Powwows Online, Felicia Fonseca

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Everyday Heroes: 'Staggering' need as Muslim community grocery delivery service gets food to homes, Annalise Frank

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The Pandemic and the Global Future of Religion, Paul Freston and Religion & Diplomacy

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Trump Calls for Memorial Day Church Reopenings but Sends Mixed Signals on Enforcement, John Fritze

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Few Americans say their House of Worship is Open, but a Quarter say Their Faith has Grown Amid Pandemic, Claire Gecewicz

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The COVID-19 Crisis: Adaptations and tensions during the month of Ramadan, Georgetown University, Katherine Marshall, Atallah FitzGibbon, Samia Huq, Saliou Mbacke, Ismail Mehr, David Robinson, and Olivia Wilkinson

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Religion During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Islamic bioethical perspectives, Mohammed Ghaly and The Hastings Institute

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Black Pastors Say They Have Trouble Accessing SBA Loan Program, Tom Gjelten

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Many Houses Of Worship Have Sought Government Aid, Surveys Show, Tom Gjelten

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Coronavirus News: Passover Seders going digital during Coronavirus pandemic, Lauren Glassberg

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Churches, Chaplains, Nuns Have Unexpected Role in COVID-19 Crisis, Carol Glatz and America The Jesuit Review

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Minneapolis to Allow Broadcast of Muslim Call to Prayer Over Loudspeakers During Ramadan, Anthony Gockowski

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Covid-19: UN urges unity and service on Buddhist feast of Vesakh, Robin Gomes

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Faith in a Time of Crisis, Bryan Goodman

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Coronavirus Keeps Many from Paying Tribute at Funerals, Ken Gordon

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Comfort for the Comforters: Pandemic brings attention to mental health of faith community leaders, Nicki Gorny

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Grace Community Church-Coronavirus Response, Grace Community Church

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How Buddhist Centers are Responding to Coronavirus, Lilly Greenblatt

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Orthodox Jewish Women Are Facing an Impossible Choice Right Now, Emma Green

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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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In the Time of COVID-19, the Cloistered Life Offers Lessons for the World, Rhina Guidos

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What Islamists Are Doing and Saying on COVID-19 Crisis, Andrew Hanna

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Buddhist Response to COVID-19 Pandemic — Leave no-one behind, Minoru Harada and Religion News Service

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Parishioner Photos Fill Otherwise Empty Church, Zach Harig

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Sheboygan County Outbreak Highlights Risks Of Reopening Church During Pandemic, Megan Hart

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WMU Team Creates National Database to Document How Religious Groups are Handling COVID-19, Tarvarious Haywood

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COVID-19 has Altered Church, Religious Services, but Worship Still Offers Comfort Amid Coronavirus, Ann Helmke and Peggy O'Hare

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A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia, Andrew Higgins

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Watch: Social distancing norms flouted as crowd welcomes Jain monk in MP, Hindustan Times

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Will COVID-19 Cause a Religious Recession?, Brian Hollar and Religion & Diplomacy

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This is How Jewish Leaders are Coping With COVID-19 Around the World, Faygie Holt

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CAIR Joins National Muslim Coalition Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Urging Mosques, Islamic Centers to Suspend All Non-Essential Gatherings, Ibrahim Hooper

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For Minnesota's Jews, COVID-19 Reshapes Passover Celebrations, Jean Hopfensperger

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Native Healing Dance Offers Comfort During Crisis, Paige Hopkins

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Buddhist Groups Move Religious Ceremonies Online Amid COVID-19, Wu Hsin-yun and Kay Liu

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American Muslims and COVID-19, Amir Hussain and Clare Castro

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Each Week on this Page We'll Post Rev. Earl's Shared Thoughts and Messages, Earl Ikeda

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How Religions and Religious Leaders can Help to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic: Indonesia's experience, Hakimul Ikhwan, Vissia Ita Yulianto, and Medical Xpress

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Judaism, COVID-19, and “Crip Wisdom”, Sarah Imhoff and Berkley Center- Georgetown University

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COVID 19, Institute of Jainology

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Ven. Ming Yu of American Buddhist Confederation on fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic, Interfaith Center of New York

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Hinduism & Coronavirus: How the digital becomes sacred, Rebecca Irons

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Russian Orthodox Church Defrocks Coronavirus-Denying Monk, Vladimir Isachenkov and Time

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Islamic Society of Midwest-Chicago, Islamic Society of Midwest-Chicago

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COVID: Resources for information related to the Covid-19 virus, Islamic Society of North America

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Muslims Join Jumma Prayers at Mosques After a Month, Mainul Islam

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Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Chiko Iwagami and Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii

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Convent Outside Detroit Lost 13 Nuns to Covid-19 with 12 Dying in One Month, Amanda Jackson, Rebekah Riess, and Sharif Paget

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‘We Hope Normalcy Will Not Happen All of a Sudden’: Hindu leaders have an inclusive message for all Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, Meera Jagannathan

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High COVID-19 Attack Rate Among Attendees at Events at a Church — Arkansas, March 2020, Allison James, Lesli Eagle, Cassandra Phillips, D. Stephen Hedges, Cathie Bodenhamer, Robin Brown, J. Gary Wheeler, and Hannah Kirking

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Thousands Defy COVID-19 Lockdown Norms to Welcome Jain Monks in Madhya Pradesh as State Record 225 Coronavirus Deaths, Janta Ka Reporter

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With Coronavirus Infections Linked to Religious Gatherings, Debate Rages Over Worship Amid Pandemic, Jack Jenkins and National Catholic Reporter

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Cincinnati Community Mikveh, Jewish Federation Cincinnati

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Passover in the Age of COVID-19: A guide, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara

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Coronavirus Community Resources, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

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COVID 19 Community Resources, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey

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‘Jewish Factor’ Declared to Explain Disproportionate Communal Covid-19 Deaths, Jewish News Reporter

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Small-Scale Hindu Temples Struggle to Cope with COVID-19 Restrictions, Meenketan Jha

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North Suburban Mosques Observe Ramadan Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennifer Johnson, Steve Schering, and Chicago Tribune

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The Kung Fu Nuns Of Kathmandu, Windsor Johnston

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Muslims Find New Ways to Observe Ramadan with Illinois' 'stay-at-home' Order in Place, Will Jones

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25 Jewish Things to Do Under Quarantine, Kate Kaput

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Jewish Sleepaway Camp Operators Sue Over Coronavirus Closures, Rick Karlin

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Kasi Temple Flint Tempple Re-opening Announcement, Kasi Temple Board of Trustees

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4 Reasons Why the Rush to Reopen Churches Goes Beyond Politics, Harmeet Kaur

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How Religious Communities are Modifying Traditions to Prevent Coronavirus Spread, Harmeet Kaur

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Religious Leaders Thank Pence for Flexibility to Reopen but Urge Caution, KCRG-TV

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My Son’s Bar Mitzvah has to be Postponed Due to Covid-19. What Should I Do?, Dawn Kepler and The Jewish News of Northern California

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Inside the Fringe Japanese Religion That Claims It Can Cure Covid-19, Sam Kestenbaum

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Muslim Groups Join Forces to Raise $500,000 for Coronavirus Relief Grants, Aysha Khan

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COVID-19 Is a Devil Testing Organized Religion, Ed Kilgor

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Coronavirus in Ohio: Some houses of worship to reopen Sunday, others more cautious, Danae King

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Worshipers Heed Gov. JB Pritzker's Plea to Stay Home Easter Sunday, Celebrate Safely Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Jesse Kirsch

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Tsantsabane Cares: A faith alliance addresses COVID-19 in Tsantsabane Municipality, South Africa, Renier Koegelenberg, Katherine Marshall, and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Dissecting the Hindu Chauvinism in India's COVID-19 Response, Pranav Kohli and Prannv Dhawan

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Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich Urges 'a New Sense of Solidarity' in face of COVID-19 pandemic, Alan Krashesky and Ross Weidner

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Mikvah Update, Chanie Krasnianski and Chabad Upper East Side

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Addressing fears in the COVID-19 crisis, David J.B. Krishef and The Rapidian

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UP to AP, What’s Stopping India’s Temples and Mosques from Closing Down Due to COVID-19, Pia Krishnankut

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How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know, Priya Krishna

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Carmelite Nuns Announce Cancelation Of Carmelite Fair Due To COVID-19, KSL TV

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Religious Leaders Use Lamont’s Coronavirus Event to Rail Against Racial Injustice, Ben Lambert and Ken Dixon

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Buddhist Responses to COVID in Lumbini, Nepal, Amy Langenberg and The Jivaka Project

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God and COVID-19, David Lawler

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Mass to Resume Wednesday at Wichita Catholic Churches, with Coronavirus Precautions, Dion Lefler

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Religion and Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19, Jeff Levin and Berkley Center- Georgetown University

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St. Louis Black Churches Consider Ways To Keep Congregants Safe In Midst Of Coronavirus, Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

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Photos of Parishioners in the Pews of GR Church, Emily Linnert

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Mosques to Remain Closed Until Further Notice, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore)

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London Coronavirus: Why the city's busiest mosque is still open for prayers, Danielle Manning

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President Trump Calls to Reopen Churches: Here's how some worship centers are planning to reopen, Julia Marshall

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Beating Coronavirus Requires Faith Leaders to Bridge Gap Between Religion and Science, Katherine Marshall and The Conversation

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What Religion Can Offer in the Response to COVID-19, Katherine Marshall and World Politics Review

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With Bird Sacrifices and Chants, Cuba's Santeria seek Protection from Coronavirus, Sarah Marsh

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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: 100,000 deaths, religion and the future of work, Michel Martin

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Church of God Denomination Facing Significant COVID-19 Outbreak; leaders won't say how many infected, Wyatt Massey

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On Religion: ‘Called’ to work on coronavirus front lines, Terry Mattingly and The Ukiah Daily Journal