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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Corona Virus: Current global medico-economic calamity- Sickness & afflictions and Islamic perspective. We must take time to comprehend our situation., Riaz A. Akhtar

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Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Archdiocese of Milwaukee

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Special Report: COVID-19 impacts Chinese Buddhism, state control, and soft power, Yoshiko Ashiwa, David L. Wank, and Religion & Diplomacy

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Where is Justice? Islam, Equality, and COVID-19, Hossein Askari and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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The Book of Ruth: A story about famine offers a powerful lesson for a pandemic, Mijal Bitton and The Forward

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Jewish Law During a Pandemic: The 35 Responsa of Rabbi Hershel Schachter Issued Due to COVID-19, Michael J. Broyde and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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The Hajj in Times of Epidemics, Marjo Buitelaar

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Faith and Values: A Buddhist response to the coronavirus pandemic, Thubten Chonyi and The Spokesman-Review

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Daily Lift Podcast Episodes, Christian Science

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Praying About World Issues, Christian Science

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With Split Delayed, United Methodists Face a Year in Limbo, David Crary and Nation

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The Pandemic and the Will of God, Ross Douthat

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Two Sikh Doctors Shaved Their Beards, a Pillar of Their Religion, to Treat Covid-19 Patients. But Community Groups Say There are Alternatives, Alaa Elassar

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Love Your Neighbour: Islam, Judaism and Christianity come together over COVID-19, Mohamed Elsanousi, Burton L. Visotzky, and Bob Roberts

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Mikveh Immersion to Prepare for our New Normal after Covid-19, Hannah Estrin

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God Will Protect Me.’ Here’s how Religious Americans View the Coronavirus Pandemic, Haley Fowler

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

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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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For Chicago-Area Muslims Without Traditional Mosque Access, a Remote Ramadan isn’t a New Concept, Nausheen Husain and Javonte Anderson

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

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

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'Prayer Is Not Enough.' The Dalai Lama on Why We Need to Fight Coronavirus With Compassion, Dalai Lama and Time USA

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Across Africa, COVID-19 Heightens Tension Between Faith and Science, Amanda Lichtenstein, Rosemary Ajayi, and Nwachukwu Egbunike

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

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

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Some of the Most Visible Christians in America Are Failing the Coronavirus Test, Johnathan Merritt

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

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

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The Indigenous Communities that Predicted COVID-19: For hundreds of years, indigenous groups have warned that destroying the environment leads to disease and adversely affects lives and culture. Is the world now ready to listen?, Rachel Nuwer

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

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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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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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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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Religious Education in a Time of Coronavirus, Heidi Schlumpf

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The New Normal? A Buddhist Perspective on Disability and COVID-19, Darla Schumm and Berkley Center- Georgetown University

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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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Communicating in COVID, Oren Jay Sofer and Alex Tzelnic

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

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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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UChicago Divinity School/ AP-NORC Poll: Few feel restrictions on in-person worship violate freedom of religion, University of Chicago-Divinity School and The Associated Press- NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

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

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