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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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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Post-Covid, Will Religion Become More Individualized and, In Turn, Lessen Hostilities?, Priyadarshini Sen

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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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‘Where do we draw the line?’ Some California church leaders question order barring indoor worship, Andrew Sheelter

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Religious Ideals Shaped the Broken U.S. Prison System. Can they also fix it?, Betsy Shirley

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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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Benedictine Sister dies of COVID Amid Outbreak at Monastery, Peter Smith

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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

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Watch: The Dalai Lama releases coronavirus “Call to Unite,” Read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rod Mead Sperry

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At Critical Time for Race Relations, Coronavirus Attacks Detroit's Black Church Leadership, Cassandra Spratling

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$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests, Liam Stack

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Hasidic Jews, Hit Hard by the Outbreak, Flock to Donate Plasma, Liam Stack

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Coronavirus: ‘Huge Spike’ in Brooklyn Hasidic Community, Liam Stack and Nate Schweber

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Daoism and Disease in China and Diaspora, Michael Stanley-Baker and Society for Cultural Anthropology

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Muslim Prayer Continues Amid Coronavirus Pandemic as CT Mosques Reopen, Ed Stannard

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GUIDANCE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP, State of Arizona

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Coronavirus Outbreak Closes Church in Universal City that Once Again Allowed Hugging, Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje

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Navajo Nation, Hit Hard by COVID-19, Comes Together to Protect its Most Vulnerable, Stephanie Sy, Lena I. Jackson, and Casey Kuhn

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Everything We Know About the Eastern Oregon Church at the Center of State’s Largest Coronavirus Outbreak, Celina Tebor

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For World's Largest Muslim Country, a Virus-Disrupted and Bittersweet Eid, Angie Teo and Agustinus Beo Da Costa

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Should Mosques Remain Open for Congregational Prayer? Countering a Poor Fatwa, The Abrahamic Overview- With Mohammed Nizami

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The Latest: Sixth nun dies of COVID-19 at Greenfield convent, The Associated Press and Fox 11 News

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How Faith Shapes Feelings About the Coronavirus Outbreak, The Associated Press-NORC Center gor Public Affairs Research

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Amid Pandemic, Christians Celebrate an Easter like No Other, The Associated Press and WTOP News

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Voodoo Priests Recommend Voodoo to Stop Covid-19, The Economist

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Guidance for Gathering Together in Houses of Worship, The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives-Tennessee

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Buddhism in the Pandemic, The Jivaka Project

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Looking After Your Faith and Religion, The University of Nottingham

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Pagan Festival and Event Updates Resulting from COVID-19 (Updated), The Wild Hunt- Pagan News & Perspectives

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COVID-19: Indian pilgrims will not travel to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020, Says Naqvi, The Wire Staff

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Pastor Kinloch: No "transparency" in Detroit's COVID-19 response, Bankole Thompson and Solomon Kinloch

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Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center & Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery Web Page, Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center & Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery

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Life at Tibetan Buddhist Nunneries During COVID-19 Pandemic, Tibetan Nuns Project

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Social Distancing Sends Spirituality to the Virtual Realm, Casey Toth

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Sacred Distancing: Religious organizations in Grand Rapids adapting to COVID-19 pandemic through online services, engagement, Brett Townsend

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Passover, Easter Celebrations Revised During COVID-19 Pandemic, Doug Tribou

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Many Suburban Places of Worship will Remain Closed Despite Lifting of Crowd Limits, John Tuohy

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Detroit Nuns Step Up Ministry During Coronavirus Pandemic, Paula Tutman and Kayla Clarke

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Closing Mosques – Islamic Justifications for Coronavirus Lockdowns, Sajid Umar and Islam 21C

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The White Way, Toshiyuki Umitani, Candace, Donna Higashi, and Moiliili Hongwanji Mission

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Launch of Global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative: Faith and positive change for children, families and communities, UNICEF and Religions For Peace

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How are Americans Practicing Religion During the Pandemic?, University of Chicago News

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Online Live Programs, University of Chicago-Spiritual Life

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NY Loosens Restrictions on Houses of Worship in Phase II of Reopening, Marina Villeneuve

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NYC Mayor To Synagogues: Close for Coronavirus or be shut down permanently, Vos Iz Neias?

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JAINA Newsletter : Corona Virus, Jain Center News, Six Dravyas of Jainism, etc..., Mahesh Wadher

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Lectures on Christian Science, Melanie Wahlberg, Tom McElroy, and Michelle Nanouche

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Latter-day Saint Apostle Days pandemic is a ‘Wake-up Call’ About the Fragility of Religious Freedom, Ted Walch

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Diocese of Grand Rapids; Office of the Bishop Newsletter, David Walkowiak

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COVID-19 Response and Recommendations, David Walkowiak and Diocese of Grand Rapids

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At the Vatican, A Christmas Eve Mass Shaped by the Pandemic, Laurel Wamsley

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Vatican OKs Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines, Even If Research Involved Fetal Tissue, Laurel Wamsley

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7 Catholic Religious Sisters Now Dead of Coronavirus at Same Michigan Convent, Niraj Warikoo

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With Coronavirus Spreading, Detroit Churches Struggle to Keep On, Niraj Warikoo

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West Michigan Hindu Temple Homepage, West Michigan Hindu Temple

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COVID-19 Outbreak Confirmed in Greenbrier County Church, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

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How the Houston Islamic community is celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19, Katherine Whaley

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The Uncertain Future of Faith and Health, Joseph Williams

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The Uncertain Future of Faith- and Health- in a Coronavirus World, Joseph P. Williams

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“Six Feet Apart We’re Closer than Ever”: Budhism in Canada and the United States during the pandemic, Jeff Wilson and The Jivaka Project

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236 People Got the Coronavirus After an Oregon Church Held Services During Lockdown — more evidence that religious gatherings are superspreading hot spots, Aylin Woodward

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Church tied to Oregon's largest coronavirus outbreak, superspreading, Aylin Woodward

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Religion Can Help Tackle Covid, Meeting Told, Tim Wyatt

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Faith in the Time of Coronavirus, Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

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In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk, Vivian Yee

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‘Timeless Message of Unity’ Resonates on Holy Day Celebrating Buddhism, Amidst Pandemic, Jing Zhang

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Religious Education Continues in Different Format During COVID-19 Pandemic, Carol Zimmermann and The Dialog