The competition theme

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

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

There were 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.

There are also lots of materials online which provided students with evidence, examples and ideas. Articles on religion and Covid-19 on ‘The Conversation’ were a useful place to start! Also, this recording of a research event about pastoral care during Covid sparked some ideas for submission, and this research article was useful for those interested in a more historical approach.