Katherine Marshall explores the challenges and possibilities of religious action to foster social cohesion during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated inequalities worldwide. Exclusion is often tied to religious identity, and certain faith communities have been blamed for violating public health guidance during the pandemic. At the same time, however, religion can foster social cohesion when faith leaders model inclusive behavior. Interreligious organizations can also support inclusivity on the local, national, and international levels. Religious and interreligious communities have a unique opportunity during this moment to look toward deep changes that will break barriers and open new vistas for the future.
This article was published in Dharma World 47 (Autumn 2020).