Ritual Innovation in Unprecedented Times: Lessons from Multi-Faith Responses to COVID-19


Author(s): Radman Ivan*

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unparalleled disruptions to the religious landscape, challenging established rituals and practices across diverse faiths. This review article examines the innovative responses of various religious communities to the crisis, highlighting the ways in which these adaptations not only sustained spiritual connections but also revealed deeper insights into the nature of faith. By analyzing the lessons learned from the multi-faith ritual innovations, this article aims to shed light on the universality of religious values and the potential for continued growth in times of uncertainty. The COVID-19 crisis truly challenged social interaction, the use of space and objects, as well as our sense of purpose and meaning in life. In this context, religious communities faced sudden interruption of their usual activities, lack of access to communal spaces and a global epidemic that summoned ancient “medieval plague” anxieties to work with. To analyze this repertoire of adaptations we focus on three aspects: the general context of changes and challenges, the ritual adaptations and the subjective experience of the adaptations.


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