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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4 Nuns, 3 Employees at Convent of Sisters of the Holy Cross Test Positive for COVID-19, 16 News Now WNDU

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A Prayer, a Prozac, or Both: Navigating Faith-Based Mental Health, Farha Abbasi and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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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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COVID-19 and Islamic Burial Laws: Safeguarding dignity of the dead, Ahmed Al-Dawoody and Oran Finegan

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One German Church Service Resulted in More than 100 Coronavirus Infections, Zeeshan Aleem

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Around the World, Nuns on ‘Front Lines’ of Coronavirus Pandemic, Elise Ann Allen

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

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What Hermits Can Teach Us About Isolation, Hephzibah Anderson

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

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What Islamic Hygienic Practices can Teach When Coronavirus is Spreading, Rose S. Aslan and The Conversation

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Coronavirus Outbreak Linked To West Virginia Church Grows To Over 40 Cases, Associated Press and KDKA CBS Pittsburg

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COVID-19 Lockdown Brings Fresher Air, Cleaner Rivers in India, Associated Press and Market Watch

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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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Why has the Pandemic Spared the Buddhist Parts of South-East Asia?, Banyan-The Economist

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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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Who Do People Trust For Coronavirus Info? In Zambia, It's Nuns On The Radio, Pranav Baskar

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India Coronavirus: Amarnath Pilgrimage Cancelled Due to Covid-19, BBC News

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

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How Did Early Christians Respond to Plagues?, Kenneth Berding

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Berkley Center-Content related to economics, Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Religion and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Social welfare, Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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

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Playing God: Pandemic Brings Moral Dilemmas to US Hospitals, Kara Bettis

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Religion and Mental Health: Two Neighbors Who Fell Out, Dinesh Bhugra and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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

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Boca Raton Community Mikvah: Mikvah form, Boca Raton Community Mikvah

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People Perform Puja to Eradicate Coronavirus in Karnataka's Hubballi, Manjunath Hegde Bomnalli

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Coronavirus: Pope's closeness to nuns affected by Covid-19, Linda Bordoni

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

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Jain Monk’s Welcome Sparks Covid-19 Scare, Brut.

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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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People use Religion as a Coping Mechanism During COVID-19 Outbreak, Austin Burnett

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

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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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Dear Mental Health Innovators: The COVID-19 honeymoon Is almost over, Jessica Carson, Harris Eyre, and Helen Lavretsky

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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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COVID-19 Messages From the Kelim Mikvah and Mikvah Emunah Society, Cheryl Stern Community Kelim Mikvah and Kemp Mill Synagogue

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

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

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

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Churches Were Eager to Reopen. Now They Are Confronting Coronavirus Cases., Kate Conger, Jack Healy, and Lucy Tompkins

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Fudo Myo-o: The enduring power of a wrathful deity, Core Kyoto- NHK World-Japan

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Kyoto Amulets: The embodiment of prayers for happiness, Core Kyoto- NHK World-Japan

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

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30 New Covid-19 Cases in Croatia in Last 24 Hours, Including 10 Nuns, CroatiaWeek

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Does Gender or Religion Contribute to the Risk of COVID-19 in Hospital Doctors?, Sunil Daga, Sadaf Jafferbhoy, Geeta Menon, Mansoor Ali, Subarna Chakravorty, Saqib Ghani, Amir Burney, JS Bamrah, Ramesh Mehta, and Indranil Chakravorty

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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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Responses to COVID19 in Buddhist Communities of Contemporary China-Preliminary findings, Daigengna Duoer and The Jivaka Project

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

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The Kano COVID-19 Deaths: Stories untold (Part I), Nwachukwu Egbunike and Global Voices

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

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Here’s What the Science Says About the Links Between Religion and Health, Erica Evans

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Here’s What the Science Says About the Links Between Religion and Health, Erica Evans

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COVID-19: Pandemic Taking Toll At Maryknoll, A Dozen Deaths Of Priests, Nuns Reported, Zak Failla

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U.S. Muslims Try to Balance Eid Rituals with Coronavirus Concerns, Mariam Fam and WHYY PBS

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CDC Quietly Revises Coronavirus Warnings on Reopening Religious Sites, Adds First Amendment Note, WIll Feuer

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

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Coronavirus Brought Me Back to Reporting on Religion, Lily Fowler

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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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Churches, Chaplains, Nuns Have Unexpected Role in COVID-19 Crisis, Carol Glatz and America The Jesuit Review

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Faith in a Time of Crisis, Bryan Goodman

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Comfort for the Comforters: Pandemic brings attention to mental health of faith community leaders, Nicki Gorny

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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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Sheboygan County Outbreak Highlights Risks Of Reopening Church During Pandemic, Megan Hart

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

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

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Watch: Social distancing norms flouted as crowd welcomes Jain monk in MP, Hindustan Times

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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