Faith-Based Response to Epidemics + Pandemics

Faith-Based Response to Epidemics + Pandemics

Our role as churches, dioceses and compassionate Christians during the COVID-19 pandemic is to combat fear with knowledge in order to encourage preparedness and decrease stigma, maintain operational continuity and continue worship life in the case of potential quarantine and disruption, and show God’s compassion and care to those in our communities who are affected.

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During disasters and pandemics, remember this acronym: C.I.A.–Community, Information and Agency.

  • As church and community leaders, support your community
  • Maintain connection throughout the event
  • Provide your community with verified information about the health and safety implications of the event
  • Allow your community members to decide what’s best for them

Connect with local public health authorities to learn about the level of risk in your area and what restrictions are in place. For those in active ministry, we reiterate what the CDC recommends:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor your health daily



Recently, Lura Steele, Program Officer for the US Disaster Program sat down with The Very Rev. Richard Lawson, Dean of the Cathedral of St. John in Denver, Colorado to discuss our approach to disaster response and plainly explains the emotional impact of disasters. Give it a listen!


Here are some resources to help in building resilience and preparing to respond during the pandemic:

Maintaining Resilience During Uncertain Times

Identifying and Reducing Risk

Adapting Church Disaster Response During A Pandemic

Diocesan Leadership Team_Pandemic
Matching Gifts and Needs After A Disaster

Emotional Lifecycle of a Disaster: Original/Explanation | Elongated/Explanation


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