Government-provided resources

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

CDC resource page for small and large gatherings

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

 

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)

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

Trump White House overrode COVID guidance for churches, emails show
The Guardian: CDC planned to suggest in 2020 that religious communities hold services online but key passages were struck out.

Renewing faith, or losing it, in the time of COVID-19
Los Angeles Times: The last two years have transformed the stability of our families, our jobs and our collective understanding of science and sacrifice. But, for many of us, COVID-19’s reach also rewired something more elemental: our faith.

For many immunosuppressed, churches stopped being a safe place
The Washington Post: The same sanctuaries where many sing and embrace each other have become anxiety-inducing, and possibly dangerous, for many Americans who are considered higher risk for COVID-19.

Death, addiction, grace: a year as chaplain in New York’s toughest hospital
The Guardian: While training as a chaplain and caring for society’s most vulnerable, Bryan Mealer learned that spiritual care is an act of social justice.

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

The final pandemic betrayal
The Atlantic: Millions of people are still mourning loved ones lost to COVID, their grief intensified, prolonged, and even denied by the politics of the pandemic.

There is nothing normal about one million people dead from COVID
Scientific American: Mass media and policy makers are pushing for a return to pre‐COVID times while trying to normalize a staggering death toll.

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.