Adapting Faith & Worldview Gatherings
Spirituality is a sources of meaning and hope for many. Below are resources to help faith and philosophical communities to engage safely during COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders
- Texas Attorney General: Guidance for Houses of Worship during the COVID-19 Crisis
- American Psychiatric Association: Mental Health Resources for Faith Leaders
- UNICEF: Global Multi-Religious Faith-in-Action COVID-19 Initiative
- BBC News: How Do You Celebrate a Religious Festival While Social Distancing?
Engaging Interfaith Leadership
Finding ways to work together across lines of difference towards common causes is a central tenet of interfaith work. Here are some resources from Boniuk Institute partner Interfaith Youth Corps that you can use to translate your interfaith efforts into a virtual space.
- A Better, New Normal
- Caring for Self and Others in Times of Trouble
- Tips for Socially-Distanced Interfaith Leadership
- Don't Postpone Your Interfaith Leadership - Adapt It
- Moving Interfaith Programs to Online Spaces
- Top 5 IFYC Curricular Tools for Online Learning
- The World's Largest Virtual Seder Open to All
Racial and religious minorities have been scapegoated for the spread of COVID-19. Understand what's happening and what you can do about it.
- Tanenbaum: Extremism Spreading with Coronavirus
- Time: It Was Already Dangerous to Be Muslim in India. Then Came Coronavirus
- Tanenbaum: 5 Ways to Counter Extremists on Social Media
- Jewish Herald-Voice: To Members of the Chinese American Community in Houston
- Houston Coalition Against Hate: Statement on Anti-Asian and Anti-Chinese Sentiments and Actions Due to COVID-19
Caring for Self & Others
In times of distress, we may experience anxiety and depression. Many faith and philosophical traditions encourage care for the mental well being of oneself and others. The following resources for individuals, families and parents may be of interest.
Self-Care and Mental Well Being Resources
- Mental Health America of Greater Houston: COVID-19 Help
- Prevent Child Abuse America: Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children and Others
- Disaster Distress Helpline (1 800 985-5990): a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national, multilingual, confidential immediate crisis counseling and support for all residents in the United States and its territories
- Psychology Today: Controlling Coronavirus Anxiety
- Mindful: Anxiety is Also Contagious - Here's How to Calm Down
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 800 273-8255 | 888 628-9454 (Spanish) | Deaf, Hard of Hearing
- The Harris Center 24-hour Crisis Line: (713) 970-7000, option 1
- Houston Area Women's Center Domestic Violence Hotline: (713) 528-2121
- Houston Area Women's Center Sexual Assault Hotline: (713) 528-7273
Positive and Healthy Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
- Child Mind Institute: Supporting Families During COVID-19
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
- World Health Organization: Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Positive Parenting & COVID-19 - 10 Tips to Help Keep the Calm at Home
Helping Those in Need
Most religious and secular worldviews encourage caring for the vulnerable and marginalized. Below are donation and volunteer opportunities to help fight COVID-19.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-019 Response Fund
- United Way: Volunteer Opportunities
- ABC13: Houston Charities Need Your Help During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Houston Public Media: How Texas Companies are Re-purposing to Help Fight COVID-19
- Houston Food Bank: Volunteer and Donate
- Volunteer Houston: COVID-19 Resources & Volunteer Needs