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

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

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A Joint Statement: Gender, faith, and COVID-19, Anglican Communion, ACT Alliance, Islamic Relief Worldwide, World Council of Churches, Side By Side, act, The Girls Brigade, We Will Speak Out, Christian Aid, United Society Partners in the Gospel, DCA, and Presbyterian Women Aotearoa New Zealand

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Anglican Communion Calls for COVID-19 Responses to Tackle Gender Inequalities, Anglican Communion and Episcopal News Service

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

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Coronavirus: Islamophobia concerns after India mosque outbreak, BBC India

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

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Principles for Effective Sacred Public Partnerships During COVID-19, Chelsea Langston Bombino and Berkley Center-Georgetown University

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

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

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

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

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

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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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No, the Mosques Aren't Open: A deliberate campaign of anti-Muslim smears and misinformation is gathering pace, Gregory Davis

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German Nuns Describe Search for Sacrament During COVID-19 Beyond “Dependence” on Ordained Men, Cameron Doody and Religious Women for Human Dignity

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

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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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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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In India, Coronavirus Fans Religious Hatred, Jeffery Gettleman, Kai Schultz, and Suhasini Raj

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

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

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

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In the Time of COVID-19, the Cloistered Life Offers Lessons for the World, Rhina Guidos

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

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

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

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This is How Jewish Leaders are Coping With COVID-19 Around the World, Faygie Holt

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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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The Dalai Lama on the Coronavirus, Donald Trump, and "Old Thinking" in America, Ramy Inocencio

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

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Cincinnati Community Mikveh, Jewish Federation Cincinnati

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

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The Kung Fu Nuns Of Kathmandu, Windsor Johnston

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

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Dissecting the Hindu Chauvinism in India's COVID-19 Response, Pranav Kohli and Prannv Dhawan

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

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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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With Bird Sacrifices and Chants, Cuba's Santeria seek Protection from Coronavirus, Sarah Marsh

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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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Rocky Mountain Nuns Rise Above COVID-19, Marty Metzger

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

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Important Information About the Wallerstein Mikvah and COVID-19, Mikvah Emunah Society of Greater Washington

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India Hospital Segregates Muslim and Hindu Coronavirus Patients, Parth MN

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Navajo Nation Sees Farming Renaissance During Coronavirus Pandemic, Laurel Morales

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

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Programs Which Foster Dignity and Hope in the Sacred Process of All Life- COVID-19 Update, Ann Nagle

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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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Is the Mikveh Safe From COVID-19? Some Women Opt for the Ocean, Kelsey Osgood

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

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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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It Was Already Dangerous to Be Muslim in India. Then Came the Coronavirus, Billy Perrigo

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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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Cloistered Minnesota Nuns Share Thoughts on Handling social Isolation, John Reinan

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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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Mikvah During Coronavirus?, Rivkah Slonim

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

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At Critical Time for Race Relations, Coronavirus Attacks Detroit's Black Church Leadership, Cassandra Spratling

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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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Pagan and Poly During COVID-19, Manny Tejeda-Moreno

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

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Buddhist Nun Recommends Calming the Mind to Cope with Pandemic, The World and Karma Lekshe Tsomo

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Life at Tibetan Buddhist Nunneries During COVID-19 Pandemic, Tibetan Nuns Project