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

  • Rector's Reflections on Easter from St. James Episcopal Church

    Message from Rev. Meredith to her congregation on Easter.
  • Procedures for Reopening Indoor Church Services amid Social Distancing from St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

    Revised as of December 2, 2020, these are the guidelines that St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral is following to help keep their congregation safe.
  • Constitution Day newsletter from Norwegian Church

    Constitution Day (Norway's national day) celebration and a drive-in service from Norwegian Seamen's Church in Los Angeles. I'm not Christian, but we go to that church to watch Israel compete in Eurovision every May since 2016, so that's why I get their newsletter.
  • Easter 2020 newsletter from Norwegian Church

    Easter drive-in service from Norwegian Seamen's Church in Los Angeles. I'm not Christian, but we go to that church to watch Israel compete in Eurovision every May since 2016, so that's why I get their newsletter.
  • Chabad of Newbury Park Pre-Shabbat L'Chaim on Zoom

    An email from Chabad-Lubavitch of Newbury Park to get together via Zoom before Shabbat.
  • Passover 2020 newsletter from Chabad of Newbury Park

    Passover 2020 newsletter from Chabad of Newbury Park featuring Rabbi Schneur Schneerson visiting Dr. Reuben Goodkin, who was 101-years-old in 2020.
  • Travel to Nowhere: 2020 in Long Beach, California

    Our trip to every corner of our apartment in 2020. The song is called "Tira a campà" (Neapolitan dialect for "Tirare a campare") by Enzo Jannacci.
  • Struggle Seder

    We didn't have any fresh vegetables for chazeret so we used dried oregano! Karpas was cilantro. We made haroset from fruits we already had, such as pineapples and cranberries -- not very good! At least we had an unopened box of Osem brand matzah in the pantry left over from Passover 2019 (doesn't sound kosher, I know). My husband is Yemenite and at the very least we had delicious food in the form of Yemenite soup and kitniyot (Mexican beans and corn).
  • Aftermath of the Chametz Struggle

    On the afternoon of Nissan 14, 5780 or April 8, 2020, a rabbi contracted through Chabad.org sold the rights to our chametz to a gentile for the duration of the Passover holiday. The chametz was still physically present in our home and the temptation proved too great for my husband, who was eating the gentile's cake within hours of the transaction.
  • Chametz Struggle

    On the afternoon of Nissan 14, 5780 or April 8, 2020, a rabbi contracted through Chabad.org sold the rights to our chametz to a gentile for the duration of the Passover holiday. The chametz was still physically present in our home and the temptation proved too great for my husband, who was eating the gentile's cake within hours of the transaction.
  • Caught in the Act

    On the afternoon of Nissan 14, 5780 or April 8, 2020, a rabbi contracted through Chabad.org sold the rights to our chametz to a gentile for the duration of the Passover holiday. The chametz was still physically present in our home and the temptation proved too great for my husband, who was eating the gentile's cake within hours of the transaction.
  • A Homily for the Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius

    A sermon describing Christians sacred duties to obey civil authorities.
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