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The COVID-19 crisis presents faith communities around the world with unique challenges and opportunities to engage in contemporary debates on global health policy, bioethics, religious freedom, and social welfare. These resources consider how religion both impacts and is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on ethical, pastoral, policy, and theological issues.

Our Experts

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Paul Elie

Senior Fellow

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David Hollenbach

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow
Walsh School of Foreign Service, Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue

COVID-19 A-Z Subtopics

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Current and Past Projects

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Religious Responses to COVID-19

This project is a collaborative effort to explore the responses of religious actors to the COVID-19 pandemic and organize information so that it can be quickly found and used by development policymakers and practitioners and religious actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response.


Event Summary December 18, 2020

Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines

This event summary highlights contributions to a December 18, 2020 consultation on “Religious Responses and Engagement on COVID-19 Vaccines,” which featured health experts and development leaders who reflected on faith engagement in COVID-19 vaccination.

Blog Posts


January 14, 2021

On Civil Islam, Education, Sharia Law and Ethics, and Democratization (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 18 minutes

December 3, 2020

On Fundamentalism, the Ambivalence of the Sacred, and Contested Modernities (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 15 minutes

November 5, 2020

Indian and Western Varieties of Secularism (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 19 minutes