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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Harder to Find Hope as Clergy get Latest SC COVID-19 Data and Projections, Brad Bloom

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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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Beloved Nun, Educator Loses Battle with COVID-19, Gina Christian

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After Lobbying, Catholic Church Won $1.4 Billion in Coronavirus Aid, Reese Dunklin and Michael Rezendes,

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The Kano COVID-19 Deaths: Forced relocations and disinformation creates widespread confusion (Part II), Nwachukwu Egbunike and Global Voices

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

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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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

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Jewish Sleepaway Camp Operators Sue Over Coronavirus Closures, Rick Karlin

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Defying State Closure Mandates, Some Religious Private Schools Fight to Stay Open During Coronavirus Spread, Zoë Kirsch

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

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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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Class of 2020 - Walk-in Commencement, Josh Hernandez Morse

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

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Small, Private Colleges Get Boost From Coronavirus Relief Funds, Elissa Nadworny and Diane Adame

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10 Tips for Teaching Religion Lessons to Your Children at Home, Joe Paprocki

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Catholic Schools are Reeling: Coronavirus has dealt a massive blow to religious educational institutions, Kathleen Porter-Magee

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

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Religious Education in a Time of Coronavirus, Heidi Schlumpf

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Congregations, Other Faith Groups Receive Millions in Federal Aid, Peter Smith

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Student Religious Liberty Bill Passes Senate, Heads Back to House with COVID-19 Amendments, Susan Tebben

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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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ACF Native American COVID-19 Resources; Administration for Native Americans, The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

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Buddhism in the Pandemic, The Jivaka Project

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

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

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