Stories of adaption and resilience from Australia’s religious communities in the time of COVID-19
Six months ago, no one had heard of the coronavirus. Now, several months into the pandemic, much of our daily lives have been transformed by its spread. In Australia, religious communities were one part of society expressly impacted by the ‘lockdown’ directives introduced to stem the spread of the virus.
On 29 March all places of religious worship were effectively closed by the restrictions that limited non-essential indoor gatherings to two people. Stories are now beginning to emerge about what it was like for these communities to lose their places of worship – for many, the centre of their social and spiritual lives. This essay describes the ramifications of the closure for some of Australia’s religious communities and considers what might be the long-term impact of the lockdown and our new social reality on the way these communities contribute to social cohesion in Australia.
SOURCE: Prentice, Trish. “We’re All in the Same Boat: Stories of adaption and resilience from Australia’s religious communities in the time of COVID-19.” Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, June 2020
Includes survey at the bottom of the page:
How has COVID-19 and the closing of your place of worship impacted your religious community?
The Scanlon Foundation Research Institute is building a picture of how religious communities have adapted to having their places of worship closed and the new regulations that will govern their activities once they reopen. We know every community is unique and we need your stories to help complete the picture.
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Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia