Day 2 (MARCH 31)

Faithful Families PRINT

Welcome to DAY 2 of #FFSummit2020!


On this page, you can find today’s conversations, recordings, and resources.


Faith Communities Addressing COVID-19


Today our focus will be on our current COVID-19 pandemic.  How can faith communities address the pandemic, and how can they best support their members and community during and after this healthcare crisis?  How can faith communities engage principles of health equity as they engage this work?

Through our resources, personal challenge and presentation today, we hope to think together about the roles that faith communities can play in addressing this public health emergency.


Webinar Event

TODAY, March 31
1-2pm EDT

Join us for a webinar that will feature insights from two professionals with expertise in disaster recovery and food safety and food-borne illness.  Dr. Ben Chapman and Dr. Sarah Kirby will share with us how faith communities can address the COVID-19 crisis, including best practices and resources based on evidence and research.

If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

A transcript of the webinar is available here.


Personal Challenge

Identify an organization in your community that is doing important work to provide access to care or basic needs services during this crisis. Learn more about their mission. Think about ways you can get involved.

Need some suggestions? Check out these organizations:



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Check out these helpful resources on how you and your community can engage in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak:


  • How can faith communities address COVID-19 and make a plan for sustained support and reaction?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed a guide to help you plan.  Available here >>
  • Want to learn more about hunger in the US, and in your community? Feeding America has valuable resources to help you learn more about what hunger and food insecurity look like across the US and ways your community can respond during a crisis.  Available here >>
  • The NC Council of Churches provided resources to help congregations provide a “faithful” response to COVID-19.  Available here >>
  • Harvard Health offers helpful tips to help manage stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Available here >>
  • NC CARE 360 is the first statewide (North Carolina) coordinated care network to electronically connect those with identified needs to community resources and allow for a feedback loop on the outcome of that connection.  Available here >>
  • The US Office of Minority Health National Partnership for Action (NPA) was established to mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, community-driven, and sustained approach to combating health disparities and to move the nation toward achieving health equity.  Learn more here >>
  • The Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, in partnership with Cook County Public Health and Prepare Chicago have published the Public Health Planning Guide for Faith Communities to help leadership teams set goals for preparedness and establishing a public health plan. This guide can be used by communities of all faith traditions and is designed to support organizations as they consider public health related ministry and how to care for their congregations and neighbors during a crisis.  Available here >>
  • NC State Extension’s Food Safety portal has resources to provide best practices for preparing for COVID-19 and managing risk for individuals at home and for food environments such as restaurants, grocery stores and farms. These resources are based on guidance and best practices as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  Available here >>


  • Faithful Families hosted a webinar on how religious communities can respond to disaster recovery needs. The webinar featured Dr. Sarah Kirby, Professor and FCS State Program Leader at NC State University. Dr. Kirby is actively involved in educational programs related to preparation, response and recovery after natural disasters.  Available here >>

“When the viruses come, as they do from time to time, we rediscover the relevance of old ideas, such as public health and communities of compassion. The coming months will bring seasons of alarm and inappropriate comfort, as we think we’ve got it under control and then alarm again. We will live because of our accurate words, clear-sighted recognition of patterns of vulnerability and resistance. And, we live, mostly because of our humane bonds of care and decency. Those are our greatest strengths:  The Spirit that gives and protects our common life and lets us find our way together.”

Gary Gunderson, Vice President for FaithHealthNC at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, reflects on COVID-19 in this blog post


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