The havoc wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic has foregrounded the need for robust resources and strategies for interfaith spiritual and collaborative leadership in mass casualty situations where loss is multireligious—or the response to it should be. In times of great stress, to what spiritual resources do we and our neighbors of other lifeways turn? What are we to do when access to those resources is disrupted? How can faith-based leaders provide comfort, hope, and cautious wisdom with integrity when anxiety, grief, fear, or demands for physical distancing threaten to overwhelm or isolate? When great loss exacerbates bigotry and blaming, what actions can we take? What sorts of interfaith collaboration have proven effective? Drawing upon case studies, scripture, devotional/theological writings, and interfaith scholarship, this asynchronous online course takes on these (and related) questions as it strives to develop or deepen awareness of effective forms and methods of religion-specific and interfaith leadership and spiritual caregiving in religiously plural contexts.
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