Government-provided resources

CDC’s reopening guidance for cleaning and disinfecting public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools, and homes

CDC resource page for community- and faith-based leaders

HHS resource on faith, community and mental health during the COVID-19 crisis (PDF)

U.S. Small Business Administration’s coronavirus relief options

 

Pastoral resources

Stop the Spread Playbook for Community-based Vaccinations
Stop the Spread: Practices and tools for planning, co-designing, and implementing community-based models that advance vaccine equity.

10 guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak
Christian Century: How can we accompany people through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death?

COVID-19 and worship: Resources for churches adapting to social isolation
Calvin Institute of Christian Worship: As containment of COVID-19 forces your worshiping community to implement ‘shelter in place’ worship and practice social isolation, we offer these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. 
Guide: Forum for Theological Exploration’s Guide to Gathering Virtually

When churches reopen, don’t sing or shake hands, do make sermons short, says guide
Religion News Service: An ecumenical group of clergy, scientists and other experts has released a guide to help congregations consider best practices for reopening for worship.
Guide: Resuming care-filled worship and sacramental life during a pandemic (PDF)
Resources: Stop the Spread’s suite of information and related organizations

10 ideas for church financial leaders amid the COVID-19 crisis
UMC Discipleship: Here are some directions for financial leaders across the church to help with sustaining the church and its ministry as we live through the coronavirus crisis.

Guide for Christian funerals during COVID-19 (PDF)
Massachusetts Council of Churches: In times of trial like the death of a loved one, we turn to the familiar practices from our faith and ancestors. And so, we know that this disruption for a grieving community is doubly hard.

 

Religion news and opinion

Vaccine resisters seek religious exemptions. But what counts as religious?
The New York Times: Major denominations are essentially unanimous in their support of the vaccines against Covid-19, but individuals who object are citing their personal faith for support.

Survey: Vaccine hesitancy declines among faith groups, spurred partly by religious appeals
Religion News Service: A new survey finds vaccine hesitancy has fallen among Americans overall and among all religious subgroups in just three months, with many who once balked saying they embraced inoculation against COVID-19 at the urging of faith leaders.
PRRI: Religious identities and the race against the virus

Faith leaders’ year of pandemic: grief, solace, resilience
Associated Press: The pandemic, said one assistant pastor, “has called us to rethink and re-imagine what our philosophy of ministering really is in the age of COVID.”

 

Other news and opinion

Six rules that will define our second pandemic winter
The Atlantic: The pandemic keeps changing, but these principles can guide your thinking through the seasons to come.

The fundamental question of the pandemic is shifting
The Atlantic: Individualism valorizes independence and prizes personal freedom. It has also repeatedly hamstrung America’s pandemic response.

Will we ever grasp the enormity of the pandemic?
GEN Magazine: As long as we focus on deaths and statistics, the bigger story of Covid-19 will go untold.

The short-term, middle-term, and long-term future of the coronavirus
STAT: However long it takes, the transition to a mild endemic virus is unlikely to be a straight line.