Head of Religious Education

The impact of COVID-19 on our faith

COVID-19 has impacted religion and faith in various ways over the past few months. We have witnessed the cancellation of travel, resulting in the halting of pilgrimages and festival observances and we saw drastic changes to worship services from not only Christianity, but from our brothers and sisters of faith, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Easter celebrations were turned upside down and families found new ways to communicate due to social distancing restrictions. Virtual dinners became the norm and nightly interactions via FaceTime and other applications proved that humanity yearns for social engagement. Many felt that faith was in trouble.

But there was, and is indeed, hope. A US study that was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic found, “That while young adults are experiencing heightened levels of loneliness and isolation, their faith life is doing ok. Thirty five percent reported experiencing an increase of faith, while 46 percent had begun additional religious practices.”

In times of crisis, instead of turning away from faith, it is understood that many have turned toward God. Some without even realising it. Those who do not usually engage in religious practices turned on the television and the internet to see what was happening around the world, only to see that God was everywhere.

Australia witnessed the Easter celebration live  from St Mary’s Cathedral, while millions all over the world listened to Andrea Bocelli’s performance of some of the most amazing traditional hymns  live streamed from Duomo di Milano, including Ave Maria and Amazing Grace. Andrea Bocelli stated in an interview, “It was an immeasurable honour and privilege to lend my voice to the prayers of millions of people, gathered in a single embrace – a small, great miracle of which the whole world was the protagonist and which confirms my optimism about the future of our planet.” If you haven’t yet had the chance to listen to this amazing masterpiece, I recommend that you check it out here

Adherents of many religions  continue to gather together to pray virtually for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, for those affected by it, as well as for those aiming to combat the disease, including scientists. Religious organisations have also been at the forefront of assisting in the background, from sending disinfectant and food supplies to much needed rural areas; to creating gloves, face masks and ventilators.

So what impact has COVID-19 had on your faith?

 

Mr Jason Currao

Head of Religious Education