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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How Are Major Religions Responding to the Coronavirus?, Kali Robinson

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For Churchgoers During the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Deadly Lesson From the 1918 Flu, Kristen Rogers

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

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Ohio now requires masks at religious services in worst COVID counties, Darrel Rowland and Cincinnati.com/The Enquirer

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Buddhist Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Historical Perspective, C. Pierce Salguero

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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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Join in Chanting for the Well-Being and Healing of All Those Affected by the Pandemic, San Francisco Zen Center

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‘Proselytizing Robots’: Inside South Korean church at outbreak’s center, Choe Sang-Hun

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Japan vs. Epidemics, Yamamoto Satomi and Japanology Plus- NHK World-Japan

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Thai Buddhist Responses to Covid-19, Brooke Schedneck and The Jivaka Project

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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

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

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In the Time of Covid-19: Living in harmony within our ecosystem, Rupal Ramesh Shah

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Washing the Deceased During COVID-19, Zulfiqar Ali Shah

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Concern Rising Over Mikveh use Amid Coronavirus Epidemic, Jeremy Sharon

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How Coronavirus is Leading to a Religious Revival, Sebastian Shehadi and Miriam Partington

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Religious Ideals Shaped the Broken U.S. Prison System. Can they also fix it?, Betsy Shirley

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17 FAQs for Houses of Worship Considering Reopening Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, Maura Calsyn, Thomas Waldrop, and Samantha Behar

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Religion, Siddsg

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When it Comes to Reopening Churches in the Pandemic, Supreme Court says Grace ain’t Groceries, Ross D. Silverman and The Conversation

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Impact of Covid-19 on Religion and Beyond, Rajkumar Singh and The Geopolitics

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Indigenous Peoples Turning to Traditional Knowledge on COVID-19 Response, Carolyn Smith-Morris

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Passover, Covid-19 and the Dangers of Inhumane Healthcare, Jon Sommer and The Jewish News of Northern California

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$15,000 Fine After Secret Hasidic Wedding Draws Thousands of Guests, Liam Stack

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Hasidic Jews, Hit Hard by the Outbreak, Flock to Donate Plasma, Liam Stack

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Coronavirus: ‘Huge Spike’ in Brooklyn Hasidic Community, Liam Stack and Nate Schweber

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Buddhist Teachings, Wisdom, and Practices for the Coronavirus Era, Lion's Roar Staff

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

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Muslim Prayer Continues Amid Coronavirus Pandemic as CT Mosques Reopen, Ed Stannard

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GUIDANCE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP, State of Arizona

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Coronavirus Outbreak Closes Church in Universal City that Once Again Allowed Hugging, Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje

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Texas: Religious schools can ignore local health officials on the coronavirus, Valerie Strauss

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Navajo Nation, Hit Hard by COVID-19, Comes Together to Protect its Most Vulnerable, Stephanie Sy, Lena I. Jackson, and Casey Kuhn

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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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The Latest: Sixth nun dies of COVID-19 at Greenfield convent, The Associated Press and Fox 11 News

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Amid Pandemic, Christians Celebrate an Easter like No Other, The Associated Press and WTOP News

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

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Guidance for Gathering Together in Houses of Worship, The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives-Tennessee

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Buddhism in the Pandemic, The Jivaka Project

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Fake Alert: News of Hindu monk infecting 300 people with coronavirus is fake, The Times of India

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The Religious Dimension of Iraq’s Coronavirus Response, The Washington Institute and Raed Ahmed

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COVID-19: Indian pilgrims will not travel to Saudi Arabia for Haj 2020, Says Naqvi, The Wire Staff

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Coronavirus | Monk in Arunachal, Baby in Meghalaya Add to COVID-19 Deaths in Northeast, Th Hindu

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COVID-19 Relief and Recovery: A strong, multi-dimensional safety net is needed, Katie Thompson and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Helping Native Communities Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Ginny Underwood

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Launch of Global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action Covid-19 Initiative: Faith and positive change for children, families and communities, UNICEF and Religions For Peace

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The Church’s Response to Covid-19 in Ecuador, Vatican News and José Barranco

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NY Loosens Restrictions on Houses of Worship in Phase II of Reopening, Marina Villeneuve

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Coronavirus Threat Causes Area Muslims to Cancel Pilgrimage Plans, Amanda Vinicky

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Lectures on Christian Science, Melanie Wahlberg, Tom McElroy, and Michelle Nanouche

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2 dead from coronavirus, 45 ill after March choir rehearsal, Theresea Waldrop, Konstantine Torpoin, and Joe Sutton

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7 Catholic Religious Sisters Now Dead of Coronavirus at Same Michigan Convent, Niraj Warikoo

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With Coronavirus Spreading, Detroit Churches Struggle to Keep On, Niraj Warikoo

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: Los Angelos County Reverses Bam on Indoor Religious Services After Supreme Court Decision, Marissa Wenzke

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West Michigan Hindu Temple Homepage, West Michigan Hindu Temple

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COVID-19 Outbreak Confirmed in Greenbrier County Church, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

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Emergency Order Requires Funeral Homes, Doctors to Report COVID-19 Deaths More Quickly; Rapid notice can slow spread of Coronavirus, Bob Wheaton

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Illinois Ministry Sues Pritzker, Alleges ‘Hostility’ To Religion, Danny Wicentowski

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The Uncertain Future of Faith- and Health- in a Coronavirus World, Joseph P. Williams

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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

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Vatican Cardinal in Row Over Claim that Virus Hurts Religion, Nicole Winfield

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Pamela Winfield: A meditation on Buddhism in the time of pandemic, Pamela D. Winfield

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236 People Got the Coronavirus After an Oregon Church Held Services During Lockdown — more evidence that religious gatherings are superspreading hot spots, Aylin Woodward

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Church tied to Oregon's largest coronavirus outbreak, superspreading, Aylin Woodward

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Safe Ramadan Practices in the Context of the COVID-19, World Health Organization

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In a Pandemic, Religion Can Be a Balm and a Risk, Vivian Yee

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Houses of Worship Included in Draft of White House’s Reopening Guidelines, Carol Zimmermann and America-The Jesuit Review