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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Religion During and After Coronavirus: Individualism or inclusive solidarity?, Frank Adloff and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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Ohio Churches, Houses of Worship Begin to Reopen After Trump Declared Them Essential Services, Natasha Anderson

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COVID-19 outbreak: Jain community distributes masks in Mumbai, ANI News and Youtube

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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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Church Donations have Plunged Because of the Coronavirus. Some Churches Won’t Survive, Michelle Boorstein

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

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'Church is more than a building': Chicago's Holy Week services move online during COVID-19 pandemic, Cate Cauguiran

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Funeral Guidance, 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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Cyber Dharma: Celebrating E-Vesak in Singapore, Jack Meng-Tat Chia

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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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It Won’t Be That Hard to Get People to Accept the Mark of the Beast, David W. Daniels

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Spiritual Houstonians Embrace the Metaphysical During COVID-19, Hannah Dellenger

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法鼓山芝加哥分會-Dharma Drum Mountain Chicago Center, Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association Chicago Chapter

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Tiny Buddha Yoga Studios Seek Help for Long-Term Payments During COVID-19 Crisis, Mikhayla Dunaj

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

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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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Giving and Doing Jewish Charity is Needed to Address the Social Ills of COVID-19, Jane Eisner and Berkley Center- Georgetown University

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Making Masks, Everglades Moon Local Council

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COVID-19: Emergency Response Fund, First Nations Development Institute

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

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Trump Declares Houses of Worship ‘Essential,’ Pressuring Governors to let Them Reopen: The president’s order could set off a constitutional clash over one of the core tenets of the First Amendment, Quint Forgey, Rachel Roubein, and Myah Ward

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Everyday Heroes: 'Staggering' need as Muslim community grocery delivery service gets food to homes, Annalise Frank

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Black Pastors Say They Have Trouble Accessing SBA Loan Program, Tom Gjelten

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Many Houses Of Worship Have Sought Government Aid, Surveys Show, Tom Gjelten

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As Quebec Nuns Die of COVID-19, Government Vows to Help, Francois Gloutnay

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Buddhist Response to COVID-19 Pandemic — Leave no-one behind, Minoru Harada and Religion News Service

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

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Ven. Ming Yu of American Buddhist Confederation on fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic, Interfaith Center of New York

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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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Did the Quran Mention COVID-19 Pandemic? Medical and Sanitary Prophylaxis of this Disease, T. Khenenou, S. Laabed, O. Laabed, and Journal of Medical Biomedical and Applied Sciences

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Tsantsabane Cares: A faith alliance addresses COVID-19 in Tsantsabane Municipality, South Africa, Renier Koegelenberg, Katherine Marshall, and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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

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Carmelite Nuns Announce Cancelation Of Carmelite Fair Due To COVID-19, KSL TV

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Buddhist Responses to COVID-19 in Japan, Levi McLaughlin and The Jivaka Project

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LDS Church Giving $5.5M in Cash to Relief Agencies to Help Against Coronavirus, Sean P. Means

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

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

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San Antonio Food Bank Benefits from Sikh Philosophy of ‘Selflessness’, Tom Orsborn

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

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Foundations’ Plan: $1,000 each for 1,000 nuns to allay COVID-19 impacts, Mark Pattison

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Haiti Voodoo Leaders Prepare Temples for Coronavirus Sufferers, Andre Paultre and Robenson Sanon

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COVID-19 Spurs Giving For Detroit’s African-American Muslim Institutions, Alisa Perkins and The Muslim Observer

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Televangelists, Megachurches Tied to Trump Approved for Millions in Pandemic Aid, Chris Prentice

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

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US Sikhs Tirelessly Travel Their Communities to Feed Hungry Americans, Evan Simko-Bednarski

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West MI Hindu Temple Volunteers Deliver Groceries, Rishi Singh

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

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GUIDANCE FOR PLACES OF WORSHIP, State of Arizona

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GOP Activist DeAnna Lorraine: ‘God does not want us wearing masks’, Michael Stone

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

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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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A message from the Abbot, Trappist Caskets

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Passover, Easter Celebrations Revised During COVID-19 Pandemic, Doug Tribou

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Detroit Nuns Step Up Ministry During Coronavirus Pandemic, Paula Tutman and Kayla Clarke

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

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

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West Michigan Hindu Temple Homepage, West Michigan Hindu Temple

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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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Religion Can Help Tackle Covid, Meeting Told, Tim Wyatt

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