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Rural isolation and COVID-19: Faith, worship and social contact

15 June 2020 - 15 September 2020

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Matt Lobley

CI/s in Exeter: Dr Caroline Nye

Research partners:

Funding awarded: £2000

Sponsor(s): ARC (Arthur Rank Centre)

About the research

This study examines if and how communities of the Christian faith transitioned to new forms of engagement and worship during lockdown, identifying preferred means of engagement and connection and the general effects of the COVID-19 crisis on Christian faith communities across the country. It will seek to identify where people sought information from, and whether beliefs, levels of worship, and connections were affected and in what way.

The research will aim to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and the related curtailment to everyday activities might have affected:

• Individual and community engagement with faith

• How individuals of faith engaged with worship during lockdown

• The ability of individuals to connect with their communities during lockdown

The Arthur Rank Centre provides resources for rural Christians and churches, with a specific emphasis on being ‘Together Apart’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. This research will feed into their current response to the pandemic, to efforts to re-engage people with their faiths, and to prepare for any potentially similar outbreaks in the future.

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