For many, the rhythms of daily life today differ dramatically from those of normal times. Social distancing poses particular challenges to many customary religious practices. The guidance that religious leaders and organizations offer in the face of the coronavirus pandemic reflects not only the tensions between traditional norms and public health recommendations but also the elasticity of tradition itself.

This website facilitates comparative study of religious responses to the pandemic that draw on traditional texts or values to offer practical guidance for daily life. It is organized by religious tradition and searchable by full-text and using pre-defined categories. Note that the date of initial publication for each document is indicated within or at the bottom of each text, in the urls of individual posts, and in the pages that contain links.

This site seeks to be representative, not comprehensive. The imbalance across religious traditions reflects in part the interests of individuals who proactively submit sources for inclusion. I welcome additional material from all perspectives! The criteria for inclusion are as follows:

  • Authored by a religious authority (mufti, rabbi, etc.) or organization in response to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Offers practical guidance.
  • Draws on religious texts or values. 
  • Is a written document (as opposed to a video or audio recording).

David Freidenreich, Colby College (dfreiden@colby.edu)