Online Resources and Inspiring Stories in the Time of COVID-19
Religious leaders, communities and organizations all over the world are rapidly responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaders have moved much of their pastoral work online, and continue to provide guidance and solace to those suffering from anxiety, fear, isolation and bereavement. Faith-based organizations are stepping up to support communities in need and educate others about avoiding infection. Religious communities are taking action to ensure that there is adequate social provision for vulnerable groups.
We at KAICIID are reaching out to inspire people to take action and respond to the needs of their communities. We are showcasing stories of hope from diverse religious communities around the world and highlighting resources and training on how to use online tools to worship, spread messages of cooperation and engage in practical measures to alleviate suffering.
Below you will find stories, testimonials and statements highlighting how religious leaders, friends of KAICIID and our Fellows are helping the vulnerable and calling for renewed solidarity in their communities. You will also find tools for e-worship, webinars, meeting tools and even reading recommendations.
On social media, you can find these stories, testimonials and initiatives under our hashtag #ReligionsRespond. Community organizations, religious congregations, medical professionals, religious leaders, social activists, individuals, families, friendship circles and social networks all have a shared, global commitment to supporting one another in these difficult times.
What are religious communities doing to modify their observance practices as a response to the COVID-19 crisis? Bringing together expert speakers from around the world, this webinar examines moving community gatherings online, praying for relief and deepening engagement with communities through digital means.
How are religious communities responding to the challenge of COVID-19? This webinar examines diverse initiatives on relief work, providing mediation and counselling, as well as useful tools and strategies that faith leaders can use during uncertain times.
Call for Proposals
Religious communities are on the front lines of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing the spread of infection and supporting the most vulnerable groups in society. The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is offering small grants for short-term initiatives for organizations and individuals in the Arab Region, Myanmar and Nigeria responding to the pandemic, particularly through an interreligious approach.
KAICIID is calling for proposals for projects that enhance the role of interreligious dialogue in responding to COVID-19 and promoting public health.
Stories and Resources
The KAICIID International Fellows are leading the way on the COVID-19 response, presenting practical solutions and guidelines to reach vulnerable communities, provide pastoral care and offer new tools for worship. They also propose recommendations for responsible ways to conduct community outreach while practicing social distancing.
International Organizations Partner with Religious Organizations to Reach Vulnerable Communities during COVID-19
Religious leaders and institutions are standing up for vulnerable communities, actively partnering with policymakers and intergovernmental organizations to mitigate the social, economic and political impacts of COVID-19.
As governments around the world have imposed lockdowns and implemented social distancing measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, important religious holidays like Çarşema Sor, Easter, Passover, Ramadan and Vesak are being celebrated online.
Young people are formulating an active global response to COVID-19 through dialogue and cooperation with other religions. Their responses have been as original as they have been effective – countering fake news and hate speech on social media, providing relief services and raising awareness in their local communities.
Through the support of KAICIID, youth leaders in Nigeria have launched a virtual peacebuilding project during COVID-19 with two cohorts in Abuja and Lagos. The online course aims to educate young people on the drivers of conflict, how to resolve violence through constructive dialogue, and how to foster religious tolerance.
As COVID-19 forces people to stay home, Father Andreas Kaiser of the Ober St. Veit Parish in Vienna moves worship services online and finds innovative ways to keep his parishioners connected.
Religious institutions and faith communities are turning to conference apps and streaming services to provide virtual worship, online classes, counselling and support. Check out some of our favourite digital tools to help you stay connected during COVID-19.
Over 120 KAICIID Fellows from all over the world took part in a virtual conference on COVID-19 this week, providing a vivid picture of how the pandemic is affecting their respective communities and outlining their efforts to mitigate its effects. The conference coincides with efforts by KAICIID to identify and support, with funding where necessary, initiatives by the Fellows related to countering the effects of COVID-19. So far 26 projects have been identified, ranging from social media campaigns to combat disinformation linked to the disease, to setting up an online database of interreligious initiatives, to care programmes for the vulnerable in isolated areas.
Stuck at home during COVID-19? KAICIID has launched a series of e-learning tools including webinars and online courses on interreligious dialogue to help you learn from home. These digital offerings are designed to support educators, policymakers, religious communities, IRD practitioners and researchers.
The KAICIID-supported Interreligious Platform for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Arab Region urges religious institutions and communities to stand in solidarity and raise awareness about COVID-19.
KAICIID has launched a new digital campaign called Virtual Chain of Hope which invites participants to express the value of human interconnectedness during COVID-19 on social media.
KAICIID and WOSM have taken dialogue online, hosting a special edition of Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) which connects young people during COVID-19. The digital sessions encouraged youth to avoid loneliness and isolation by actively reaching out in friendship to one another.
KAICIID joined Arigatou International, senior religious leaders and children from diverse religions for an interfaith prayer and a message of unity for the world’s youngest citizens. The event is part of a larger campaign which focuses on the well-being of children during COVID-19.
As part of KAICIID's #ReligionsRespond campaign, senior Muslim and Christian leaders from the Arab Region, as well as KAICIID Fellows, have drafted 11 articles tackling topics such as the social impact of COVID-19, reducing the pandemic's spread, and humanitarian responsibilities for vulnerable communities.
As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, people following diverse religions around the world answer the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity's call to join together on May 14 for a day of reflection; each from their own home, within the parameters of their own faith, in their own way. This demonstration of interreligious solidarity comes in a time of social distancing and is intended as a demonstration of global solidarity and hope at a time when collective worship is actively discouraged.