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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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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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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Connection in a Time of Social Isolation: Here's what synagogue life looks like right now, Audrey Merwin

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