Note: Coronavirus will impact your church, temple or synagogue for some time. Since this is a rapidly changing situation, as helpful information comes out, we’ll update this post. So come back for more information. It aims to share what churches, mosques, temples, and other congregations can do about the coronavirus. —Tom Peterson
First, we should do whatever the CDC tell us. Follow their advice. And for faith communities, that advice can be found on this site. There you’ll find guidance for faith leaders, recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting, and a check list for faith leaders.
CDC’s Interim Guidance for businesses and employers
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Link HERE.
The Role of Faith-based and Community Leaders “Faith-based and community leaders continue to be valuable sources of comfort and support for their members and communities during times of distress, including the growing presence of COVID-19 in different parts of the country. As such, these leaders have the unique ability to address potential concerns, fears, and anxieties regarding COVID-19. Additionally, by reiterating simple hygienic precautions and practices, these leaders can broadly promote helpful information, managing fear and stigma, and restoring a sense of calm into the lives of those in their care.
“Such leaders are also poised ― through their acts of service and community relationships ― to reach vulnerable populations with essential information and assistance. These acts of service are an essential part of the safety net for the vulnerable in their communities.” Click HERE!
Pastor Rick Warren and others combine resources from Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, The Peace Plan and Humanitarian Disaster Institute. “The purpose of this site is to assist churches and ministry leaders as they prepare for and respond to the effects of the Coronavirus in their congregations and communities.” Click HERE.
he Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College released four new resources to help churches and church leaders prepare and respond to the coronavirus outbreak in their congregations and communities: an online resource hub; a Friday webinar series, “Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus,” kicking off Friday, March 13 at 12pm CT; a new manual, Preparing Your Church for Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Step-by-Step, Research-Informed and Faith-Based Planning Manual; and a planning template. All can be found at wheaton.edu/hdi-covid19.
Sojourners Magazine has pulled together helpful links for Community without Communing: Resources for Virtual Church. “As pastors and church leaders determine how best to shepherd their congregations during this health crisis, Sojourners reached out to those who have experience for their best words of advice. Below, we’ve compiled their thoughts.” Link HERE.
“We sometimes focus on the numbers and the maps, yet we are reminded that each reported case of the virus has behind it a person, a family, a community. We are connected globally and our compassion and care reaches out to the full human community. The church is called to be in prayer for those affected, those caring for the affected, for those valiantly trying to diagnose and treat patients, and for the development of strong partnerships across international communities in order to effectively prevent, detect and respond to this virus.” CLICK HERE!
“Articles on how churches around the world are responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and how Christians can best be faithful in this season of coronavirus.” CLICK HERE!
- This BBC article gives a snapshot on how COVID-19 is impacting various religions, such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism.
When the viruses come, as they do from time to time, we rediscover the relevance of old ideas, such as public health and communities of compassion. “The coming months will bring seasons of alarm and inappropriate comfort, as we think we’ve got it under control and then alarm again. We will live because of our accurate words, clear-sighted recognition of patterns of vulnerability and resistance. And, we live, mostly because of our humane bonds of care and decency. Those are our greatest strengths: The Spirit that gives and protects our common life and lets us find our way together.” CLICK HERE!