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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Rethinking Mikvah Attendance in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Carmella Abraham

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Islamophobia Is Making the Coronavirus Crisis Worse, Ravi Agrawal

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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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Americans United For Separation of Church and State Letter to Governor Whitmer, Americans United

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Revised Guidance for Places of Worship, Back on Track Indiana- State of Indiana

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Coronavirus: Non-religious people are more likely to survive Covid-19, new figures claim, Martin Bagot and Shivali Best

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Sip from the common cup? On Ash Wednesday, coronavirus and the flu have religious leaders tweaking rituals., Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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Aftermath and Flourishing? The Role of Religion in a Post-Pandemic Public Square, Chris Baker and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Religion and Science in a Time of COVID-19: Allies or adversaries?, Sima Barmania and Michael J. Reiss

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Religion and Science in a Time of COVID-19: Allies or adversaries?, Sima Barmania and Michael J. Reiss

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Conversations Continue Regarding Mecklenburg County’s Black Community and COVID-19, Bria Bell

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Conversations Continue Regarding Mecklenburg County’s Black Community and COVID-19, Bria Bell

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Be Safe. Places of Worship, Be Safe Chicago- City of Chicago

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

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Worship in the Age of Coronavirus: Prayer, elbow bumps, hand sanitizer, Julie Bosman and Mitch Smith

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Together While Apart: Compassion for the long haul, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

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The Hajj in Times of Epidemics, Marjo Buitelaar

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Iowa Religious Leaders Express Concern Over Restarting Church Services, Mike Bunge

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Indiana Funeral Homes Making Restrictions to Protect Employees and Loved Ones During COVID-19 Pandemic, Aaron Cantrell

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How One Church Is Handling The Coronavirus Outbreak, Annacaroline Caruso

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Checklist for Communities of Faith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Community and Faith-Based Organizations: Plan, prepare, and respond, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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FAQs for Administrators and Leaders at Community- and Faith-Based Organizations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Funeral Guidance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Grief & Loss, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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When Your Church Reopens, Here’s How to Meet Safely A global health expert suggests a phased plan for congregations gathering again amid this pandemic., Daniel P. Chin

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Praying About World Issues, Christian Science

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Rev. Al Sharpton Urges Black Faith Leaders To Forgo In-Person Holy Week Services, Tanya A. Christian

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Michigan’s First Jewish COVID-19 Death, Shari Cohen

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Protocol for Places of Worship: Appendix F, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health

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Spiritual resources during COVID-19, Diocese of Grand Rapids

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The Pandemic and the Will of God, Ross Douthat

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An Indigenous Perspective to COVID-19, Angelique EagleWoman

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In Our Opinion: The right to worship should never be cast aside in a pandemic, Editorial Board

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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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Coronavirus is Changing the Rituals of Death for Many Religions, Lauren Frayer, Daniel Estrin, and Jane Arraf

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Trump Brings Religion Into the Coronavirus Culture War: Religious services shouldn’t be exempted from state pandemic regulations, David Frum

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

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Clinical Study Considers The Power Of Prayer To Combat COVID-19, Tom Gjelten

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Coronavirus News: Passover Seders going digital during Coronavirus pandemic, Lauren Glassberg

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Grace Community Church-Coronavirus Response, Grace Community Church

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An Imam Leads His Congregation Through the Pandemic, Eliza Griswald

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The Role of Traditional Indian Medicine in the COVID-19 Pandemic, Walter Hallow

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Wayne County Volunteers Feed Hundreds of Families During Pandemic Thousands of pounds of food distributed to low-income Metro Detroit families in need, Grant Hermes and Cassidy Johncox

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Balancing Religious Freedoms and Public Health Protections During the COVID-19 Pandemic, James G. Hodge Jr., Hanna Reinke, and Claudia Reeves

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Muslims, Jews Have Higher COVID Death Rate, UK figures Indicate, Michael Holden and Mark Heinrich

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CAIR Joins National Muslim Coalition Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic Urging Mosques, Islamic Centers to Suspend All Non-Essential Gatherings, Ibrahim Hooper

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Native Healing Dance Offers Comfort During Crisis, Paige Hopkins

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American Muslims and COVID-19, Amir Hussain and Clare Castro

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Funeral Homes Guidance, Illinois Department of Public Health

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COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Homes and Directors, Indiana State Department of Health

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Guidance for Spiritual and Religious Gatherings During COVID-19, Iowa Department of Public Health

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Islamic Society of Midwest-Chicago, Islamic Society of Midwest-Chicago

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COVID: Resources for information related to the Covid-19 virus, Islamic Society of North America

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With Coronavirus Infections Linked to Religious Gatherings, Debate Rages Over Worship Amid Pandemic, Jack Jenkins and National Catholic Reporter

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

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Coronavirus Community Resources, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

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‘Jewish Factor’ Declared to Explain Disproportionate Communal Covid-19 Deaths, Jewish News Reporter

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North Suburban Mosques Observe Ramadan Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennifer Johnson, Steve Schering, and Chicago Tribune

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Is it Safe for Patients With COVID-19 to Fast in Ramadan?, Asli Kalin, Ammad Mahmood, Salman Waqar, Asim Yusuf, Nazim Ghouri, Naveed Sattar, and Tahseen Chowdhury

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Religious Leaders Thank Pence for Flexibility to Reopen but Urge Caution, KCRG-TV

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

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Muslim Groups Join Forces to Raise $500,000 for Coronavirus Relief Grants, Aysha Khan

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Religion Helps Protect Against ‘Deaths of Despair’: Study, Kimmy and Steven Reinberg

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Funeral Homes Adapt Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Michael Krafcik

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'Every Step You Take is Prayer': As coronavirus spreads, women lead virtual dance for healing, Dan Kraker

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Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich Urges 'a New Sense of Solidarity' in face of COVID-19 pandemic, Alan Krashesky and Ross Weidner

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Mikvah Update, Chanie Krasnianski and Chabad Upper East Side

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How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know, Priya Krishna

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Mass to Resume Wednesday at Wichita Catholic Churches, with Coronavirus Precautions, Dion Lefler

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St. Louis Black Churches Consider Ways To Keep Congregants Safe In Midst Of Coronavirus, Marissanne Lewis-Thompson

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'It's Going to Be a Lot More Lonely.' A Dramatically Different Ramadan for U.S. Muslims Amid Coronavirus Lockdowns, Sanya Mansoor

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On Religion: ‘Called’ to work on coronavirus front lines, Terry Mattingly and The Ukiah Daily Journal

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COVID-19 Update, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh Paula Brody & Family Education Center

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Dancing Between Light and Shadow – Increasing Awareness of the Impact of Covid 19 Disparities on Jews of Color, Yavilah McCoy and Jewish Philanthropy

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Japanese Religious Responses to COVID-19: A preliminary report, Levi McLaughlin and The Asia-Pacific Journal

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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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Meharry Medical College Partners with Black Churches to Expand COVID-19 Testing, Reduce Barriers, Holly Meyer

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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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Guidance for Gatherings: Faith-based communities, places of worship, and ceremonies, Minnesota Department of Health

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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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Michigan Tightens Time Frame for Handling Body After Death Amid Pandemic, Darcie Moran

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COVID-19 Restricts Africa's Ramadan Routine, Issac Mugabi

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

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Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, Rev. Sharpton Calls Upon Faith Leaders to Discontinue Services Leading Into Easter, National Action Network

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Cremation & Burial, National Funeral Directors Association

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Indigenous Americans Must Not Once Again Pay the Price for the Mistakes of Others, Bryan Newland

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Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Churches Aid Free Testing, Chris Norris and The Philadelphia Tribune

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This Week in Mormon Land: High hopes for missionaries, a COVID-19 warning, and more scrutiny on race, David Noyce

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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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US Must Continue to Fund WHO, Religions For Peace USA

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2019 Coronavirus: The Korean Clusters, Reuters Graphics

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Children’s Minnesota Celebrates Ramadan During COVID-19, Alexandra Rothstein

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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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A Virus That Hits All Faiths Tests Religion's Tie to Science, Elana Schor and Mariam Fam

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