Three ways to be involved in the COVID-19 Faith Response 
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April 2020

A word from JLI President, Jean Duff

JLI is pleased to bring you news of the launch of the Multi-religious Faith in Action COVID-19 Initiative —please see below for the joint launch statement from Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, and Religions for Peace most senior religious leadership.

The Multi-religious Faith in Action COVID-19 Initiative affirms the unique roles played by religious leaders and actors, in influencing values, attitudes, behaviours and actions that affect the development and wellbeing of the world’s children. The Initiative is coordinated by Religions for Peace (RFP)  and UNICEF with support from Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) as part of the global partnership on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and CommunitiesThe initiative engages senior leaders of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions - including Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and Indigenous spirituality - joined by RfP’s interfaith youth and women’s networks,  along with local and  International Faith-Based organizations, and calls upon all communities across the world, together with governments, UN entities, and broad civil society organizations, to join forces in keeping people safe and well. 

The Initiative will strengthen multi-religious collaboration and community mobilization in countering the COVID-19 pandemic. The Initiative will roll out via a series of regional and country level briefings beginning next week for faith leaders, local faith -based organizations, UNICEF staff and others. Resource materials prepared by JLI and aligned with WHO guidance and designed for religious leaders and faith-based organizations, will provide guidance on key areas of faith influence and activity including: effective communication; countering false information, stigma and discrimination;  religious gatherings and adapting funerals burials and other rituals; promoting spiritual well-being, resilience and community service;  protecting children and vulnerable populations, and addressing the special needs of people in low resource settings. These materials will be adapted to local contexts and languages. The Initiative will be supported by communications and media. There will be opportunities for international and Local FBOs to align with the Initiative.

JLI recognizes the generous collaboration under extreme time pressure of many faith-based and academic partners, including in particular members of the FPCC Advisory Group.

The evidence base and the global guidance documents will continue to evolve to reflect new information, and to link to the many complimentary campaigns and initiatives underway. 

Jean Duff

Ways to be involved in the Faith and COVID-19 Response 

 Global Multi-religious Faith in Action COVID-19 Initiative 
The Initiative is coordinated by Religions for Peace and UNICEF with support from Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) as part of the global partnership on Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities.

If you have updates or new materials for us to include in the evolution of the resource materials for this initiative, please email:

Post on social media  #stayhome #staysafe  #unitedinhope #COVID19

Link to the statement online

 COVID-19 Response among Faith-based Health Organizations Survey

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) are working together to identify unmet needs for support among faith-based health providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This will be a monthly survey to see how needs change over the course of the response.

Take the survey

 Faith and COVID-19 response repository

The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, World Faith Development Dialogue and JLI organize a joint online resource platform to gather faith responses to COVID-19, which is updated daily.

View repository or subscribe to daily emails

Read Religion and COVID-19: Four lessons from Ebola experience from co-conveners of the repository Dr Olivia Wilkinson, JLI and Dr Katherine Marshall, WFDD and the Berkley Center and Dave Robinson on Oxfam's Blog From Poverty to Power


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