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Religious and Spiritual Resources

Many of us are not able to visit our Houses of Worship during these challenging days.  Many of us may feel cut off from cherished spiritual and meditative practices.  For that reason, we are collecting services, rituals, and experiences from many world faith communities and restorative and meditative practices.  Please visit this page to take a quick break from our busy work to recharge.

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Livestream Worship Services, Daily Devotions, Online Sermons

Prayers, Litanies, Blessings, Meditations

Worship-at-Home Resources

The House Church.  As we are impacted by social distancing and the closures of schools, churches, and gathering places, Fr. Alex Steinmiller, CP, a Catholic priest who belongs to a community of missionaries known as the Passionists, has written a thoughtful way of coming together as families in the presence of God.

Podcasts, Websites and Articles

Resources for Faith Leaders

African Methodist Episcopal Church

The COVID-19 Resource Page includes a message from the Right Reverend Harry L. Seawright, President of the Council of Bishops, a document, Church Preparation and Response
to Potential Pandemics
, and more.

American Baptists Churches USA

The COVID-19 Information and Resource page offers a wide range of guidelines and resources.

Bahá’í Resources

The Bahá’í House of Worship and Welcome Center in Wilmette, IL, offers Virtual Daily Devotions at 12:30 p.m. CDT.

Catholic Resources

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s  Coronavirus Update page that includes prayer resources, televised mass and virtual events.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Update page includes updates for parishes, prayers, daily reflections and more.

The Episcopal Church

The Concerning COVID-19 page includes a message from Bishop Michael Curry, weekly meditation posts, the Episcopal Relief & Development Resource Guide, diocesan information pages and more.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Resources

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers a COVID-19 Resource Page that includes How to Stream your Worship Service, Guidance for Funeral Practices During a Health Crisis, prayers and more.

Islamic Resources

Webinar:  Catch The Blessings – Preparing for Ramadan as a Family in the Age of Quarantine. Duaa Haggag, LPC, shares with us how she is able to reflect, reframe, and refocus on the unique situation and come out stronger for it. With tips for parents of young kids and teens alike, this webinar will help you begin to look forward to this Ramadan as one that you will remember fondly as a family.

The Family and Youth Institute Wellbeing in the Time of Coronavirus Toolkit includes Islamic resources on mental health, religious and spiritual practices, working or studying from home and parenting.

Joint Statement Regarding the Global Coronavirus Pandemic from the Islamic Medical Association of North America, American Muslim Health Professionals, Islamic Society of North America and Fiqh Council of North America.

As the nation goes into a state of emergency and people react to the uncertainty facing us, it’s hard to know where to turn for solid information, grounded advice, and clear direction. The Family and Youth Institute team has come together to produce this list of vetted articles and resources to help you find your way during this uncertain time.

Presbyterian Church USA Resources

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Congregations and Members includes livestreaming and online worship resources for congregations, digital worship services for members, worship and sacramental celebrations and more.

Reform Judaism Resources

The Reform Judaism COVID-19: Judaism Under Quarantine page includes How to Create a Meaningful Shabbat Experience at Home, blogs, social justice resources, and prayers.

Unitarian Universalist Association Resources

The Unitarian Univeralist Association website offers COVID-19 information and updates, including ways to donate to the COVID-19 pandemic response fund, a pastoral message from the UUA president, building resiliency and more.

United Church of Christ Resources

The United Church of Christ offers a variety of congregational resources on Coronavirus, including a flyer, bulletin insert and disaster preparedness manual.

United Methodist Church Resources

United Methodist Church Coronavirus Information and Resources Page includes prayers and reflections, helps and information for members, helps for church leaders and more.

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