Religion and COVID-19

American faith rituals are rapidly changing during coronavirus quarantine and there are fewer religion reporters than ever to go beyond surface level coverage.

Pastor Solomon Kinloch held a drive in service for his congregation at the Triumph Church North Campus due to COVID-19 Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Detroit. About 200–300 people took part watching Kinloch on a big screen located in the church parking lot. Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press
Photo: Ronnie McBrayer
Orthodox Jewish men use “social distancing” as they pray outside the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters, Friday, March 20, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York, before leaders of six major organizations in their faith released a joint statement urging worshippers to “avoid, to the maximum extent feasible, any outside interactions” to help stop the coronavirus pandemic. Orthodox Jewish leaders mounted their show of unity to underscore to a wide swath of congregants the importance of behavioral changes that amount to a massive upheaval in their faith communities. Mark Lennihan/AP Photo
The New York Times
  1. Dig deep for full meaning and context. Before assuming a church, synagogue, temple or mosque is in violation of stay-home mandates, ask questions for clarity and understanding. Do not paint religious organizations with a broad brush.
  2. Find ways to make connections with denominations in your community that reach across racial and ethnic Fault Lines.
  3. Look beyond just Christianity, Catholicism and Islam. Are there other faiths, less known and often left out, that could be elevated?
  4. Talk to neighbors or people within your social circles to introduce you to people who attend worship services.
  5. Connect with theology professors or experts in your community.
  6. Look for opportunities for collaboration strategies that can help you report this story. Are there other news outlets or faith organizations with whom you can form partnerships?
  7. PEW Graphic (below):
Pew Research Center

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