Religion in times of COVID-19

COVID-19 affects people of all faiths worldwide. We would like to provide an overview of different statements and initiatives by PaRD members in response to the virus. We do not claim that this overview is exhaustive and are looking forward to learning more about further activities.

Virtual PaRD Annual Forum

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the PaRD in-person Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members 2020 have been postponed to August 31 – September 3, 2021 to be held in Cape Town, South Africa. Nevertheless, a Virtual Annual Forum and General Assembly of Members will be held
from September 3 – 4, 2020.

Read the programme and list of speakers

The forum aims to:

• Reflect on the different ways the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating existing disparities and inequalities in societies.

• Facilitate a dialogue between governmental entities, multilateral agencies and FBOs/FIOs on challenges and gaps in responding to the needs of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

• Identify how partnerships and collaborations between governmental entities, multilateral agencies and FBOs/FIOs can contribute in addressing and overcoming inequalities and pave the way towards more just, inclusive and peaceful societies. More

PaRD Webinar on COVID-19 response on April 29th

PaRD hosted a webinar on COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges for religious/ faith actors and communities? Responses from the field and global Partners on April 29th.

Full report

See the presentations of:

Dr. Katherine Marshall - WFDD, Berkley Center, Georgetown University

Ms. Mercy Niwe - The World Bank Group 

Rev. Kyoichi Sugino - Religions for Peace International

Mr. Jørgen Thomsen - Dan Church Aid/ ACT Alliance

Dr. Olivia Wilkinson - Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI)

Trust between religions through the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis helps to strengthen the trust in interreligious partnerships even beyond the current humanitarian disaster, Prof. Dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General of Religions for Peace (RfP), is convinced. In our interview, she emphasizes the need for a collaboration that crosses national, religious and institutional boundaries, she reflects on how PaRD can respond to the crisis and gives an insight into the situation in New York.

Read the full interview

CREID panel on religious inequalities after COVID-19

How can we address religious inequalities in a post-COVID-19 transition? The Coalition for Religious Equality and Inclusive Development (CREID) tried to answer this question during an international panel.