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

  • Keeping Religion Safe and Vital: Congregation Beth Israel in Portland Oregon

    Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon was first established in 1858, It is currently part of the Union of Reform Judaism. The congregation is dedicated to meaningful spiritual experience and commitment to social justice. Since mid March of 2012 CBI has reached out to those most vulnerable to Covid-19 and offered events and services on Zoom and other platforms.
  • Early Bird COVID-19 Sermon For The Jewish New Year

    A key prayer connected with the Jewish High Holy Day services states in part, "“On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed, how many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die, who in good time and who in an untimely death. Who shall have rest and who shall wander. Who shall become rich and who impoverished.” This sermon is about how the pandemic has affected our feelings about this chilling prayer about fate and how we might interpret it. An alternate "gentler, kinder" version is offered and discussed. This sermon will be preached in mid-September during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year Please note: For the date below, I put the month and day I plan to preach the sermon on Zoom; the date I "prepublished" it is June 24th, 2020 in my blog, offbeatcompassion.com
  • Easter for two

    Not being able to go on retreat as planned for Holy Week, I created my own retreat time at home. Together with my partner, I created an Exultet roll for use at our 4:30 AM Easter Vigil. I chanted the Easter Proclamation off this roll and we had a complete service of our own, but for the Sacrament, including Gregorian chant and a reading from the Paschal homily of St. John Chrysostom. Easter came all the same!
  • Medicine and Faith

    I am a medical doctor and a person of faith. During the pandemic I have written several blog posts from these two perspectives. Several have discussed our family religious observances at home.
  • Lent in the Time of Pandemic

    I am Roman Catholic. Lent, the time of penance leading up to Easter, is the most solemn time of the year. For me, it is also a time of extra reflection on the mysteries of Christ's life and death, while continuing to live in the hope of the resurrection. This year, Lent was broken in half by the sudden imposition of "stay-home" orders that prevented us from going to work, going out to eat, going to mass, or enjoying most recreational activities, such as movies, plays, or concerts. I missed all of these communal activities. Soon it became clear, though, that we all were in this together. Shocking and unbelievable though it was, the whole world had shut down. On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis held a special service at the Vatican to ask God to end the plague and to give a blessing so we had the strength to endure what was coming. This haunting image of him alone in St. Peter's Square reflects to me the melancholy feeling of the time. It was as if the whole world was experiencing Lent together.
  • Study, study, study

    Like you, I have lots of time on my hands during the past several months. I have chosen to increase my knowledge of Judaism by studying online with my professors in Jerusalem (Hebrew University), here at home at my synagogue, and with the Jewish Theological Seminary in NY. The webinars have been free, usually one hour, presentations on Zoom with hundreds of other adult learners. A wonderful way to connect and learn from some of the leading experts in many fields of research.
  • Zion Hill Church of the Brethren March Facebook Posts

    Posts made to the congregation's Facebook page
  • "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"

    The First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) Weston, Massachusetts, choir sings "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Choir members sang individually, and Max Hall synchronized the voices.
  • Apostolic House of Faith Facebook posts March-May

    Posts made to the Apostolic House of Faith including sermons, updates, and inspirational messages.
  • First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool Facebook posts during March

    Facebook posts that cover corona virus procedures, inspirational messages, livestreams, etc. posted during March
  • First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool March Worship Services

    Worship services posted to the church's Facebook page during the month of March
  • First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool Facebook Posts during April

    Facebook posts involving calls to worship, corona virus updates, videos and more
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