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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Religious and Spiritual Resources in the time of Covid-19

In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

During this time of unprecedented disruption and self-isolation, a lot of us are finding it challenging to adjust to this new way of living and of perhaps observing certain religious practices, with places of worship shut and various religious activities cancelled.

Although this year’s Lent, Passover and Ramadan (to name a few) may not be normal, many are now embracing this new interim reality and are taking this opportunity to pray, reflect or renew their own energy whilst self-isolating within their homes.

To help staff and students continue to engage in spiritual activities in the time of Covid-19, we have pulled together a variety of digital resources, as listed below.

Digital groups, activities and services

  • Roman Catholic online masses: A list of online services can be found here
  • Daily Services at Durham Cathedral: These are being streamed via the Cathedral’s Facebook page, accessible here. Other online resources from Durham Cathedral can be found here
  • Hill Colleges’ Chaplaincy Daily Prayer & Worship Online:Morning Prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. Holy Communion on Wednesday 9.00am. For Zoom Meeting ID, please email the Chaplain: gavin.wort@durham.ac.uk

  • Live with the Imam: Hosted by the Newcastle Central Mosque via their Facebook page, accessible here
  • Live Daily Pujas: Hosted by Hindu Temple Newcastle via their Facebook page, accessible here
  • Live Evening Pujas: Evening meditation and chanting hosted by Harnham Buddhist Monastery daily at 7pm, accessible through their website
  • Live Kirtan: Hosted by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Newcastle via their Facebook page, accessible here
  • Revival, Reflection and Ramadan Webinars: Hosted by Ramadan Tent Project on Fridays and Sundays in the lead-up to Ramadan, accessible via their Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/RamadanTentProject/

  • Weekly Online Quran Circle: All Muslim staff and students are welcome to join. For further information and to join the group, please contact Dr Mahshid Turner, Muslim Chaplain for Durham University (m.f.turner@durham.ac.uk)

Webpages and articles

  • Buddhist philosophy: Beyond Catastrophe

https://iai.tv/articles/impermanence-interdependence-buddhist-reflections-covid-19-auid-1386

  • Roman Catholic: Isolated but not alone – Resources for Catholics

https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/12590/isolated-but-not-alone-resources-for-catholics

  • Jewish: Everything you need to celebrate Passover during Coronavirus

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/4685263/jewish/Coronavirus-Passover-Resources.htm

Covid-19 guidance from the Muslim Council of Britain: https://mcb.org.uk/mcb-updates/coronavirus-guidance-for-mosques-and-madrassas/