COVID-19, Religion and Belief: Webinar Series

This 14-part webinar series took a global approach to examining the impact of the pandemic on civil liberties, especially freedom of religion or belief. During the series, our guests also touched on cross-cutting themes like the impact of the pandemic on levels of religiosity, on religious practice, on theological reflection and religious imagination, on faith-based humanitarianism, on religion and on inclusion/xenophobia. The series brought together government officials, scholars, and practitioners to discuss the threats we face and how we might respond to them.


The series was organized by the Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies, the Center for Religious Studies at Bruno Kessler Foundation, the Center for Justice and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School-Rio de Janeiro, the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University Law School, the European Union Office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the University of Siena.

1: Introduction

2: Freedom of Religion or Belief, COVID-19, and Human Dignity

3. Civil Society Organizations' Perspective

4. European Union Institutions' Perspective

5. Multilateral Organizations' Perspective

6. Central and South America Perspectives

7. Business, Religion, Economics

8. Special Envoys' Perspective

9. Asia Perspectives

10. Freedom of Religion or Belief and Gender

11. Africa and Middle East Perspective

12. Contributions of Faith-Based Humanitarian Organizations

13. Canada, United States and United Kingdom Perspectives

14. 2020 Vision - Looking Back and Seeing the Road Forward