The competition theme

Throughout 2020 and 2021 the word has been convulsed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Religions have offered aid and supported their communities while being unable to hold worship and even important rituals. The pandemic raises ethical questions about how we live as a society – as the rise of the Anti-Vaxx movement shows. Religious teaching provides comfort and challenge for believers.

There are so many ways to approach this theme – from a sociological study of a local religious group to a theological reflection on scriptures, to a  philosophical discussion about the religious ethics of mask wearing.

What are the themes you have come across in your studies which you can relate to this theme?

There are also lots of materials online which will provide you with evidence, examples and ideas. You might want to read some of the articles on religion and Covid-19 on ‘The Conversation’ as a place to start! You might find this recording of a research event about pastoral care during Covid also sparks some ideas for your submission. Or this research article might get your ideas flowing if you are interested in a more historical approach.

Before you use material online think about how you know that it is reliable – is it an opinion piece or is it based on evidence? Is the author a recognised expert?

The judges will be looking for interesting ideas, quality research, and good evidence – presented in an engaging and accessible format.