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

  • Capitol Hill Baptist Church v. Muriel Bowser and District of Columbia

    Capitol Hill Baptist Church, a prominent Evangelical church in Washington, D.C., is suing Mayor Muriel Bowser and the District of Columbia for its restrictions on religious gatherings. The lawsuit argues that D.C.'s restrictions on mass gatherings infringe on the church's First and Fifth Amendment rights and violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • A Devotional on Psalm 91

    At the beginning of the pandemic in the U.S., Psalm 91 came up in people's prayers, conversations, and on social media. The phrase "no plague will come near your tent" was relevant for the time.
  • Rosh HaShanah services in under three minutes

    Through Instagram Reels, a TikTok copycat, I condensed Rosh HaShanah services down to just two and a half minutes. I mostly made it in the empty sanctuary of Congregation KTI in Port Chester, NY. I had seen plenty of creative technological adaptations of high holiday liturgy, but none using the short music video format popularized by TikTok. So I decided to go for it! The Shofar filter on Instagram that I use in the video comes from Valley Beth Shalom, a synagogue in Los Angeles.
  • Rosh Hashanah

    Here are photos of my 1st day setting for 12 people. I have the outline of the service along with a page of instructions to each participant.
  • All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta: Hymns from Home

    When the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta temporarily closed all of their church buildings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, they began sharing videos of their musicians performing the hymns requested by members of their community through The Hymn Project.
  • Faithful Leadership in a Time of Pandemic

    Join public health experts Dr. Arjun Srinivasan and Dr. Joe Bresee for a conversation on faithful leadership. Learn how their faith has informed their work and how responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped their faith.
  • All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta: Easter

    This collection of videos shares how the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta celebrated Easter virtually amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta: Music in a pandemic

    This collection of videos represents some of the music created and shared by the All Saint's Episcopal Church in Atlanta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We Were Not Invincible

    In early July, in the sanctuary of my rural church, I remember speaking to our Pastor (a middle-aged, simple styled caucasian man, known for his "go with the flow" attitude) about the pandemic, and its possible effects on the church. Although large gatherings had been banned in our state, he reassured me that our services would not change or adhere to new COVID-19 guidelines. It was as if he believed that our tiny corner of the world could not be reached by a pandemic. Was the hand of God hovering solely over us? Church continued for a couple of weeks; communion was taken, numbers hardly faltered, and no social distancing or mask wearing occured. At first, we did seem untouchable. Until...we weren't. Suddenly, members of the church started falling ill. The first two positive tests shocked the congregation. The choir got it, the deacons got it. School age children and elderly patrons got it. Even the Pastor, and his daughter, tested positive. Our lightheartedness came back to bite us, but everyone was too proud to admit our faults.
  • Jews United for Justice, Interview #1

    This interview talks about how Jews United for Justice is maintaining safety, engaging their volunteer community, and adapting their outreach efforts during the pandemic.
  • Asylee Women Enterprise, Interview #2

    Tiffany Nelms from the Asylee Women Enterprise talks about the ways in which their organization is adapting to COVID and continuing to provide a safe and supportive environment for their community. She also discusses the dramatic toll that the pandemic has taken on the refugee community.
  • Black Church Food Security Network, Interview #1

    This interview discusses how the Black Church Food Security Network is working to create a community-based food system by black churches in partnerships with black farmers. They are calling on churches to promote gardening, patronize black farmers, and practice emergency food storage, the latter of which will help with the current pandemic as well as prospective ones.
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