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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'Social Distance Powwows' Attract Thousands Online, Associated Press and Youtube

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A Pastor Confessed to his Church he was Tired, and he Planned a Break. Then, the Coronavirus Hit D.C., Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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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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The Social Distance Powwow, Heather Benson, Lori Walsh, and Whitney Recountre II

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Covid-19 has Killed Multiple Bishops and Pastors within the Nation’s Largest Black Pentecostal Denomination, Michelle Boorstein

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Native Americans Cancel Sun Dances and Other Cultural Ceremonies to Halt Spread of Coronavirus, Andrew Buncombe

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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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With Split Delayed, United Methodists Face a Year in Limbo, David Crary and Nation

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Indigenous Arizonans Dance with Thousands Around World in Online 'Social Distance' Powwow, Chelsea Curtis

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An Indigenous Perspective to COVID-19, Angelique EagleWoman

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British Muslims Held for Two Months in India Claim Religious Persecution, Hannah Ellis-Petersen and The Guardian

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

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Drums, Dancers Livestream as Virus Moves Powwows Online, Felicia Fonseca

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Blamed For Coronavirus Outbreak, Muslims In India Come Under Attack, Lauren Frayer

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Few Americans say their House of Worship is Open, but a Quarter say Their Faith has Grown Amid Pandemic, Claire Gecewicz

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Orthodox Jewish Women Are Facing an Impossible Choice Right Now, Emma Green

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

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

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PM Modi Says Covid-19 Does Not See Race, Religion, Colour, Caste and Creed, HT Correspondent

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

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COVID-19 Bridges Borders, Race, Religion at Ben-Gurion University, Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman

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

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DOJ: Mayor de Blasio favored protests over religious freedoms during COVID-19 shutdown, Paula Katinas

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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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Social Distance Powwow Sends Prayers, Goes Viral, Rima Krisst

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Religious Leaders Use Lamont’s Coronavirus Event to Rail Against Racial Injustice, Ben Lambert and Ken Dixon

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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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Prof. Sparks Backlash for Tweeting Spread of COVID-19 in India is 'Contribution of Islam', Hadriana Lowenkron

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When the Racist Response to Covid-19 Hits Home, Ricky Manala and America Media

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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: 100,000 deaths, religion and the future of work, Michel Martin

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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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Quarantine and Expulsion in Early Tibet: Reflections on the Padmasambhava Legend in the Age of the Coronavirus, William A. McGrath and Society For Cultural Anthropology

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

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Coronavirus Takes More Than Native Americans' Lives. Killing our Elderly Erases our Culture, Simon Moya-Smith

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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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NYPD Cracks Down on Another Large Jewish Funeral in Brooklyn, Stoking Tensions, NBC New York

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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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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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Will COVID-19 Increase Religious Hostilities and Discrimination?, Marie Juul Petersen, Claire Thomas, Sajjad Hassan, and Open Global Rights

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Distributive Justice, Reconstructing Judaism

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What can we Learn about Religion and COVID-19 from the Epidemic of 1616? An Interview with Matthew Rowley, Matthew Rowley

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Concern Rising Over Mikveh use Amid Coronavirus Epidemic, Jeremy Sharon

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

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

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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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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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Coronavirus Updates: Native Americans Put Digital Spin On Traditions Amid Pandemic, The Associated Press and CBS Minnesota

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France’s Data Collection Rules Obscure the Racial Disparities of Covid-19, Annabelle Timsit

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Helping Native Communities Amid COVID-19 Crisis, Ginny Underwood