Lived Religion & COVID-19

Began as a crowd-sourced Twitter collaboration. Ended as a curated archive focused on the impact of the corona virus pandemic on religious practices and communities.

Inquiries may be directed to religioncovid@gmail.com.

Kijan Bloomfield, Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University
Denise Burgher, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Deleware
Amaka Mgboh, Health Equity major at Rhodes College
Adam Park, Postdoctoral Fellow, IUPUI

The Team

Our project team works in collaboration to collect, archive, analyze, and present the most recent health conditions impacting religious communities. Our efforts are made possible by the support of Lived Religion in the Digital Age. 

The Project

The goal of Lived Religion & COVID-19 is to provide sources that speak to the importance of religion in shaping responses to this critical moment and the creative ways religious communities adapt to the challenges of physical distancing.

The following questions drive our approach to curating this archive:

  • What frameworks to religious actors draw upon to articulate their response to the pandemic?
  • How does religious practice adapt and shift according to state stay-at-home orders?
  • What are the quotidian ways religious communities extend practices of care and solidarity to members of their faith communities?

The multimedia project serves as a curated collection of articles and initiatives around lived religion defined as the study of “the subtle, intimate, quotidian actions on the world” by religious agents to “make something of the worlds they have found themselves thrown into.” Religious communities were forced to find novel ways of translating embodied, communal practices to accommodate social distancing requirements. Rituals of mourning and celebration were curtailed and outright prohibited. This archive offers content for scholars, researchers, and the wider community interested in the intersection of culture, religion, and politics, in the context of the pandemic.

2020 Relief and Restoration Work

A project for the Center for the Study of Religion and the City

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God vs. Coronavirus

An opinion from the New York Times

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Refusing to Give Death the Last Word

An opinion from the Boston Globe

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One Church's Tale of Two Pandemics, 100 Years Apart

News from the Religion News Service

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Coronavirus is Forcing Black Churches to Make Tough Choices

An opinion from ZORA

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See Which States Have Religious Exemptions in Their Stay-At-Home Choices

New from the Religion News Service

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Pandemic Religion: A Digital Archive

A project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

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ChurchPulse Weekly

An ongoing collection of podcasts from the Barna research group

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The Jivaka Project: Buddhism in the Pandemic

An ongoing repository for materials on Buddhism during the pandemic

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How Digital Technology Became Sacred for the Hindus

An opinion from the Religion Media Center

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Religious Identities and the Race Against the Virus

Quantitative research gathered by the Public Religion Research Institute 

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Fighting Anxiety and Isolation the Sikh Way

An opinion from the Religion News Service

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How a Virtual Powwow Helped Heal a Spirit Broken During the Pandemic

News from NPR

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Preaching Goes Viral

A project at Miami University

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American Jewish Life

A project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University 

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Antiblackness as Religion: Black Living, Black Dying, and Covid-19

An opinion from The Immanent Frame

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Pandemic, Religion, and Public Life

An opinion from The Immanent Frame

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More Americans Than People in Other Advanced Economies Say COVID-19 Has Strengthened Religious Faith

Quantitative data gathered by the Pew Research Center

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Covid Black

An ongoing collection of resources on black health and the coronavirus

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Citation:Robert Orsi, “Everyday Miracles: The Study of Lived Religion” in Lived Religion in America: Toward a History of Practice, ed. David Hall (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997), 7.

Photo credits: Clement Falize (2020), https://unsplash.com/photos/bIH7Y213hnQ, Edwin Hooper (2020), https://unsplash.com/photos/Q8m8cLkryeo