May 27: Preaching Goes Viral: Tracking Religious Responses to COVID-19

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
4:00–5:00 p.m. (Eastern)

There’s a compelling need to collect– at this moment — sermons, prayers, ritual adaptations, policy statements, and other religious responses to the pandemic. That’s where Preaching Goes Viral comes in. Preaching Goes Viral is a collaborative initiative, started by Miami University’s Department of Comparative Religion to collect and better understand the breadth and diversity of religious responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more about how you can help, and how the compiled Preaching Goes Viral database will ultimately serve as a resource, by joining us for a conversation with project coordinator Hillel Gray, Assistant Teaching Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University. Gray will discuss the Preaching Goes Viral initiative and how congregants, clergypersons, religion scholars, or any member of the public can get involved by submitting pieces reflective of the ongoing religious responses to the pandemic.

Much of the current religious response, such as livestreams, will not be accessible in the long-term, so now is the time to capture data from as many sources as possible! Plus, in this ongoing crisis, it’s vital to give people access to the depth and diversity of religious approaches, not only the most sensational news story or media click bait. So far, more than 1,400 religious responses to the pandemic have been collected. This is history in the making and we’d love your help in documenting it.