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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Probable Mention of a Covid-19 like Pandemic in the Quran, Abdul Rashid Agwan

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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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Are You There God? Whether we Pray Harder or Endure Wrath Depends on the Religious Doctrine of Providence, Phillip C. Almond and The Conversation

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How the Coronavirus Helps Us Understand the Buddhist View of Our Interdependence, John Amodeo

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Majority of People Do Not Want Religious Doctrine Dictating Healthcare Choices, Study Reveals, Kate Anderton

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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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Coronavirus: Former monk says Covid-19 is 'warning from nature', BBC

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Berkley Center-Content related to economics, 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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Why the Supreme Court Cited the Doctrine and Covenants in this Week’s Key Religious Liberty Decision, Hal Boyd

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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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Quarantining While Buddhist: ‘It’s more important to be kind than to be right’, Donna Bryson

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The Hajj in Times of Epidemics, Marjo Buitelaar

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Boko Haram's Shekau Labels Anti-COVID-19 Measures an Attack on Islam in Nigeria, John Campbell

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"Ajahn Corona", Bhikkhuni Canda, Ajahn Brahmavamso, and Youtube

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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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Revelations from the Outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Shan Ci

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

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It Won’t Be That Hard to Get People to Accept the Mark of the Beast, David W. Daniels

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Covid-19 – Practice Resources & Teachings, Dharma Insights, News-Sravasti Abbey

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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, Bob Roberts, and World Economic Forum

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Coronavirus and Sharia Law: Divide over closure of mosques and ban of Friday prayers in Idlib, Enab Baladi

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

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

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

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Practicing Equanimity in a State of Emergency, Gary Gach and Lion's Roar

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Beyond Catastrophe, Jay Garfield and The Institute of Art and Ideas

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

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

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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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#233: Sharon Salzberg Makes Me Feel Better, Dan Harris, Sharon Salzberg, PlayerFM, and ABC News

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

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

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

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

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

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On the Pandemic: A Buddhist approach to pandemic grocery shopping, Christine Ji

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

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03-21-20 Feeling Safer During a Pandemic - BBCorner, Sangye Khadro and YouTube

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

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Practicing Islam in the time of COVID-19, Ahmad Kutty, Faisal Kutty, and The Star

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

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Senior Thai Monk Offers a Buddhist Perspective on Dealing with COVID-19, Craig Lewis and Somboon Chungprampree

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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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Protection Without Punishment: Turning to Buddhist gods during Covid-19, Bryan Lowe and The Immanent Frame

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

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

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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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God Doesn’t Want Us to Sacrifice the Old, Russell Moore and The New York Times

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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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Ancient Vaccine for Covid-19, Joachim NG and The Sun Daily

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What It Means to Pass Away During COVID-19 As a Buddhist, Hilary Nguyen

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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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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche Message on COVID-19 Outbreak, Mingyur Rinpoche and Youtube

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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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In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic, Jade Sacker

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

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It’s Okay to be Doing Okay During the Pandemic, Sigal Samuel

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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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How Hindu Spiritual Practices Can Help Manage Your COVID-19 Anxiety, Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria

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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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Communicating in COVID, Oren Jay Sofer and Alex Tzelnic

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India’s Goddesses of Contagion Provide Protection in the Pandemic – Just don’t make them angry, Tulasi Srinivas and The Conversation

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

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COVID-19 and Christian Doctrine, Angus Stewart and Protestant Reformed Churches in America

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GOP Activist DeAnna Lorraine: ‘God does not want us wearing masks’, Michael Stone

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

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Buddhist Nun Recommends Calming the Mind to Cope with Pandemic, The World and Karma Lekshe Tsomo

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

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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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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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The Rightwing Christian Preachers in Deep Denial Over Covid-19's Danger, Jason Wilson

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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