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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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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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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“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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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