Documenting American religion in a time of pandemic

Pandemic Religion: A Digital Archive collects and preserves experiences and responses from individuals and religious communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please share anything that bears witness to your personal experiences, or that documents the activities and responses of your religious community. We invite contributions from people of any religious tradition, community, or perspective.

For Religious Communities. How is your religious community or institution adapting and responding during the COVID-19 pandemic? Upload materials such as sermons, photographs, bulletins, audio recordings, or share links to websites, video, and the like. Contribute your materials ⭢

For Individuals. What is your personal story? How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your religious beliefs and practices? Share a photograph, a screen shot, a video, or something else. Share your experience ⭢

Here are some ideas of what you could contribute:

  • Stories about how your religious practice has changed
  • Photos of you or your religious community practicing your religion
  • Communications within your religious community
  • Documents about decisions or changes your religious community has made
  • Links, recordings, or screenshots of religious practice moving to online spaces, such as video and social media
  • Stories about how you or your community is helping during, or being hurt by, the pandemic

If you have any questions, please contact us at pandemicreligion@gmail.com.

Recent contributions

  • Global Religions Class

    This semester I am a senior college student tiring to make it through school and this pandemic. In late July I found out some of my classes were not happening due to no in-person classes at the university I attend so I had to alter my schedule. As a senior I was brought with the concern of will I still graduate what should I take. I was looking through class options and I came across a class called "Global Religions". I am religious myself but when looking at other religions I am unsure what their practices are so I decided this would be a fun interesting class to take. I signed up and when early August rolled around I was built with excitement to see what I would learn. Well, here I am in late November with three weeks left of class. I have learned so much more than I would have ever hoped. I have learned about religions from all over the world and what their practices and beliefs are. The coolest part about this class is that since we are in a pandemic I am able to learn how different religions are adapting to different situations. I have learned so much about different religions and I believe this is just opening the door to more I will want to learn about in the future and follow up on what religions are doing as we see how this pandemic unfolds.
  • Hard times during COVID

    Religion during the pandemic takes a whole new turn on religion. I am not a regular churchgoer but I did attend often. I am in college and have moved from my old church to finding a new church in my new town. I have been in my new town for now 3 years but only during when school is in session. last year I was able to find a church that fit my grove. I fell in love and started to attend with my friends then what do you know COIVD hit and we all had to go home, just as I was getting a hang of things. I follow the church I go to in college and the one from home on social medial so I am able to follow along with changes happing within. I was amazed when the world shut down no more churches no nothing so I just turned to home practicing but what am I kidding if you don't have someone holding you accountable it gets tough. Over the past several months I have been trying and just recently the church at college has opened their doors back up to those that are willing and have even found a way to broadcast online. All churches are tiring so hard to adapt to this new normal and I feel as though so are people especially me. This COIVD stuff scared me so I have been taking advantage of the online live lectures. Even better the church posts stuff daily wheater that is motivation quotes or things to think about that day. I think this aspect has really helped me keep on top of everything. Hopefully one day soon the churches can open their doors back up to full capacity.
  • Social media advertisement for socially distant church youth group activity

    My church youth group usually hosts a several week long program in the summer for graduating high school seniors called Thrive. It deals with the next steps in life (college or otherwise) and how to maintain your relationship with God and Christian community. This year, the program was still held in person, but due to restrictions the students (about 20) had to set up chairs six feet apart and wear masks. This summer, I had a part time job (working virtually from home) running the social media for our youth group, and I created graphics like this one to post on Instagram each week as a reminder.
  • Trinity Ecumenical Parish - Pandemic - a history

    Our parish historian has recorded the many changes that were necessary for the parish to serve the congregation and surrounding community during Covid 19.
  • Religious studies class

    During COVID 19, I have taken the time to learn about other religions through an online religious studies class at my university. It is different, since the class would originally be in person. However, I have found a new passion for learning about a variety of religions. It is intriguing to compare rituals and traditions and learn historical forms of each faith. I have an appreciation for each religion and learning about how the celebrate and where they came to be.
  • College Changes

    I grew up in a very small and very religion based town, so when I came to college, it was kind of like a culture shock. People were not as focused on religion, or at least it didn't appear to be that way; you had to look closer and deeper in order to find people who were just as focused on religion as you were. But when I found out that there was a non-denominational Christian group that continued to worship even amidst COVID, I really wanted to go and see what is was all about. I am happy that I went because now I have met so many new people in my community that share the same beliefs as I do, and we have really connected and became close friends. Being a member of this group almost gives me a sense of being grounded and being at peace. These days are very stressful for everyone especially with the pandemic going on, so if you can find a group near you that still worships during these times, I highly recommend going and seeing what it is all about. You never know if you will like it unless you try.
  • hope !

    I have been going to the same church since I was four years old. Every Sunday, holiday or even during school. I fell in love with not only Jesus and the church but the people around me during mass or gatherings. When COVID shut everything down it made me feel lost and I did not know what to do. When they started doing online services it felt better but just was not the same. After everything was settling down they opened up an outdoor service which was amazing and brought many people together! During all this chaos I learned how to pray better and use this time to connect with Jesus more which made me feel more grateful.
  • God is not surprised

    The shutdown of life as we knew it that occurred March 13, 2020 came as a shock to my workplace, Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, an ecumenical Christian affordable housing ministry, my church Christ fellowship and family and friends. At first we all thought two weeks and life would return to “normal”. We were wrong... 8 months later our office and our church have not yet started gathering in person yet. Our church will begin mid November and our office not likely until the new year. And although we haven’t returned to “normal” I have witnessed a sense of community and an increased commitment to doing good to benefit others. Our pastor started daily morning Live devotions which have provided comfort and peace in these uncertain times. At work we typically hold three events a year to fund the home building and 2 of the 3 have been virtual yet the turnout has been stronger despite the change. Response to our request to financial help those Habitat families who have lost their jobs pay their mortgage was overwhelming. Our church is hosting an advent giving campaign to collect donations to support Habitat. My faith has been strengthened as I’ve witnessed miracle after miracle of what looks like a negative be turned into a blessing these past 8 months. We were surprised but God Is not. He has a beautiful plan and Keeps showing it in a multitude of ways and the slower pace has afforded me/us more opportunities daily to notice them. My faith in humanity and goodness has been strengthened as well as, despite the bitter division in this country, more people are committed to providing a hand up, not out and by tangibly reflecting the love of God to others in need. No Human would ask to learn these lessons through a pandemic but God in His perfect wisdom knew just how to turn the horror of a pandemic and use it for good. I pray I keep these lessons learned close to my heart when things “return to normal” and I hope they don’t completely turn to normal - I pray I/we keep a slower pace and more outward other oriented focus. 🙏🏼🙌🏼💕
  • Audra K

    I didn’t know what would happen with my Christian church that I love. When everything shut down in March we thought it would only be a week or two. Weeks quickly turned into months and our church started on line services. I actually really enjoyed them - although I missed the interaction and fellowship of being in the church building. It became apparent that church is in our hearts and we are the church - not a building. My church did also start outdoor service over the summer which was wonderful. Church (the body of Christ) lives within all of Gods children and we can worship Him and pray wherever we are. Thank you Jesus❣️
  • Ekoji's Virtual Dharma Talks

    This is a collection of virtual dharma talks from the Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
  • 450+ Rabbis Sign NYJA Statement and Press Conference Video

    In this virtual press conference held by the New York Jewish Agenda, more than 450 rabbis, cantors, and other religious leaders joined together to speak out in favor of life-saving, geography-based COVID-19 protective measures. The event also featured Jacob Kornbluh, a Jewish journalist who was assaulted during the October 7th protest and riots in Boro Park.
  • SV News Coverage of the Boro Park Protests

    These tweets from @SVNewAlerts cover the New York City police dispersing the crowds gathered to celebrate the Sukkot holiday and the later protests of Governor Andrew Cuomo's lockdown of synagogues. The lockdown comes as COVID-19 spikes in nine New York City communities.
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