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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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

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Promoting Mental Health During and After COVID-19: Tools for faith leaders, Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC- City of New York

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COVID-19 Update, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh Paula Brody & Family Education Center

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Quarantine and Expulsion in Early Tibet: Reflections on the Padmasambhava Legend in the Age of the Coronavirus, William A. McGrath and Society For Cultural Anthropology

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Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A preliminary report, Levi McLaughlin and The Asia-Pacific Journal

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Buddhist Responses to COVID-19 in Japan, Levi McLaughlin and The Jivaka Project

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Stuck in Nepal: Weathering the COVID-19 pandemic in a Buddhist monastery, Mark McLemore

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Ahead of Trump Visit, Church Makes Unproven Claim of Virus-Killing Technology, Jennifer Medina and Kenneth Chang

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Federal Court Upholds California Ban on Church Services in COVID-19 Pandemic, Brian Melley and Desert Sun

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Connection in a Time of Social Isolation: Here's what synagogue life looks like right now, Audrey Merwin

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Meharry Medical College Partners with Black Churches to Expand COVID-19 Testing, Reduce Barriers, Holly Meyer

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Mid America Dharma Responds to COVID-19, Mid America Dharma

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Latest Status Update From MBT, Midwest Buddhist Temple

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Latest Status Update from MBT, Midwest Buddhist Temple

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Important Information About the Wallerstein Mikvah and COVID-19, Mikvah Emunah Society of Greater Washington

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Drive-Thru Communion? Remote Consecration? COVID-19 Sparks Eucharistic Experimentation – And theological debate, Egan Millard and David Paulsen

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As Depression, Anxiety, Grief Spike During Pandemic and Protest, Churches Offer Hope, Mental Health Resources, Emily McFarlan Miller

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How are Religious Groups Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic?, Jenesse Miller

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Guidance for Gatherings: Faith-based communities, places of worship, and ceremonies, Minnesota Department of Health

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Wisconsin Muslims see Ramadan as a Time for Family Bonding, Reflection, Nusaiba Mizan

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Saudi Arabia Must Suspend the Hajj: The presence of millions of pilgrims in Mecca and Medina will have lethal consequences., Ebrahim Moosa

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Navajo Nation Sees Farming Renaissance During Coronavirus Pandemic, Laurel Morales

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Coronavirus Takes More Than Native Americans' Lives. Killing our Elderly Erases our Culture, Simon Moya-Smith

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COVID-19 Restricts Africa's Ramadan Routine, Issac Mugabi

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Will Religion Post-Covid-19 be More Personal, Less Communal?, Mohammad Alami Musa

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MCC Update: Covid-19, 6/18/2020, Muslim Community Center of Chicago

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Programs Which Foster Dignity and Hope in the Sacred Process of All Life- COVID-19 Update, Ann Nagle

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Coronavirus In Ohio: Religious houses welcome back worshippers, Adora Namigadde

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Patience, Sacrifice and Zakat: An Islamic response to coronavirus, Iqbal Nasim and Al Jazeera Media Network

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NYPD Cracks Down on Another Large Jewish Funeral in Brooklyn, Stoking Tensions, NBC New York

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Muslims Around The World Face A Different Kind Of Ramadan, Scott Neuman

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Indigenous Americans Must Not Once Again Pay the Price for the Mistakes of Others, Bryan Newland

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Religion and the COVID-19 Virus in the U.S., Frank Newport

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Welcome to Myogyoji Temple, Nichiren Shoshu: Myogyoji Temple

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Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Churches Aid Free Testing, Chris Norris and The Philadelphia Tribune

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Places of Worship Try to Keep the Faith During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Courtney Norris

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Wisconsin Interfaith Leaders Encourage Social, Not Spiritual Distancing During COVID-19 Pandemic, Audrey Nowakowski

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This Week in Mormon Land: High hopes for missionaries, a COVID-19 warning, and more scrutiny on race, David Noyce

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Nearly A Fifth Of Religious Americans Say They Are Still Attending Services, Despite The Coronavirus Pandemic: Seventeen percent of respondents to a recent poll said they were still attending worship services in person., Ema O'Connor

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'We're Trying to Do All that We Can': COVID-19 upends tradition during religious holidays, Mary Jo Ola

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A Look at the Lives of Priests and Women Religious Lost to the Coronavirus, Michael J. O’Loughlin

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San Antonio Food Bank Benefits from Sikh Philosophy of ‘Selflessness’, Tom Orsborn

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'A Dangerous Environment': As churches reopen, outbreaks sprout and some keep doors shut, Jorge L. Ortiz

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Coronavirus: 'Religion helped me through lockdown', Manish Pandey

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Pagan Interest Circle, Christine Patch-Lindsay and First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco

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How Technology and Faith are Helping Hindus in Britain Through Covid-19, Tarun Patel

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Haiti Voodoo Leaders Prepare Temples for Coronavirus Sufferers, Andre Paultre and Robenson Sanon

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Ramadan: COMOG urges Muslims to seek Allah's intervention to lift COVID-19 on humanity, Peace FM Online

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Religious Services and COVID-19: How the Midwest is adapting, JD Pelegrino, Leo McGrath, and Samantha Jones

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COVID Wakes the Young to Prayer, Catherine Pepinster

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COVID-19 Spurs Giving For Detroit’s African-American Muslim Institutions, Alisa Perkins and The Muslim Observer

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Will COVID-19 Increase Religious Hostilities and Discrimination?, Marie Juul Petersen, Claire Thomas, Sajjad Hassan, and Open Global Rights

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Traditions, Interrupted, Dan Peterson and Anchor FM

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How COVID-19 is Changing Passover, Easter and Ramadan Observances, Shanley Pierce and Elaine Howard Ecklund

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Campers Test Positive for COVID-19 After Attending Evangelical Youth Camp in Texas, Kathryn Post

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Televangelists, Megachurches Tied to Trump Approved for Millions in Pandemic Aid, Chris Prentice

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Flouting Social Distancing Guidelines, Crowd in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar Gathers on Street to Welcome Group of Jain Monks, Press Trust of India and First Post

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COVID-19 Guidance for Places of Worship and Providers of Religious Services, JB Pritzker and Ngozi O. Ezike

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Lockdown: Jain monks seek easing of travel norms for Chaturmas, PTI-The Indian Express

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Social Welfare and the Coronavirus Crisis: A Buddhist Perspective, Tavivat Puntarigvivat and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Prayer and Funeral Issues Pertaining to COVID-19, Yasir Qadhi, Fiqh Council of North America, and Islamic Society of North America

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Distributive Justice, Reconstructing Judaism

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COVID-19 Crisis Provides Opportunities and Grace, Thomas Reese

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Turkey: Attacks on churches spike as some blame Christians for COVID-19, RNS Press Release Distribution Service- Religion News Service

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Stonehenge to Livestream its Summer Solstice Celebration for First Time in History, Mary Shaw Roberts

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How Are Major Religions Responding to the Coronavirus?, Kali Robinson

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As Churches Reopen, Catholics Weigh Mixed Blessings of Online Worship: Virtual services boomed during lockdowns, but Pope Francis has reservations. ‘This is not the church.’, Francis X. Rocca

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“Homeshuling” Under Quarantine: Fun Jewish videos for virtual learning, Rebecca Rosenthal and Stephanie Fink

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How is COVID-19 Impacting Religion in America?, David H. Rosmarin and Berkley Center- Georgetown University

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Children’s Minnesota Celebrates Ramadan During COVID-19, Alexandra Rothstein

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What can we Learn about Religion and COVID-19 from the Epidemic of 1616? An Interview with Matthew Rowley, Matthew Rowley

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She got Coronavirus at a Funeral and Died. Her Family Honored Her with a Drive-Up Service, Susanne Rust and Carolyn Cole

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Buddhist Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Historical Perspective, C. Pierce Salguero

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How do Buddhists Handle Coronavirus? The Answer is Not Just Meditation, Pierce Salguero and The Conversation

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Sangha Nights Online- June 3 to 24, San Francisco Buddhist Center

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Join in Chanting for the Well-Being and Healing of All Those Affected by the Pandemic, San Francisco Zen Center

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‘Proselytizing Robots’: Inside South Korean church at outbreak’s center, Choe Sang-Hun

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Religious Discrimination is Hindering the Covid-19 Response, Sonia Sarkar

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Japan vs. Epidemics, Yamamoto Satomi and Japanology Plus- NHK World-Japan

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Thai Buddhist Responses to Covid-19, Brooke Schedneck and The Jivaka Project

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A Virus That Hits All Faiths Tests Religion's Tie to Science, Elana Schor and Mariam Fam

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Poll: Most in U.S. back curbing in-person worship amid coronavirus, Elana Schor, Emily Swanson, and The Denver Post

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Area Megachurch Holds Sunday Services Despite Coronavirus Concerns, Eric Schwartzberg

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In the Time of Covid-19: Living in harmony within our ecosystem, Rupal Ramesh Shah

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The Voiceless Sufferers of Covid-19: Islam and animal care, Zahoor Ahmed Shah

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Fiqh Council of North America Covid Statement: Rulings on daily and weekly congregational prayers during Coronavirus pandemic, Zulfiqar Ali Shah

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Concern Rising Over Mikveh use Amid Coronavirus Epidemic, Jeremy Sharon

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‘Where Do We Draw the Line?’ Some California Church Leaders Question Order Barring Indoor Worship, Andrew Sheeler

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Religious Exemptions During the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Only Worsen the Crisis, Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, and Eva Gonzalez

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Epidemics, War have Impacted Muslim Worship Throughout History, Usaid Siddiqui

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Religion, Siddsg

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US Sikhs Tirelessly Travel Their Communities to Feed Hungry Americans, Evan Simko-Bednarski

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Impact of Covid-19 on Religion and Beyond, Rajkumar Singh and The Geopolitics

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West MI Hindu Temple Volunteers Deliver Groceries, Rishi Singh

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Indigenous Peoples Turning to Traditional Knowledge on COVID-19 Response, Carolyn Smith-Morris

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Priest Contemplates His Life, Ministry After COVID-19 Ordeal, Peter Smith

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Communicating in COVID, Oren Jay Sofer and Alex Tzelnic

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SokukoJi in Battle Creek, SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery