COVID-19 and Christian Faith-Based Organizations in Great Britain: A Research and Resource Review of Organizational, Financial and Human Contributions and Impacts in the Context of a Wider “Christian Ecology”

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic presented what, on both global and national levels, has arguably so far been the most extensive health, economic and social challenge of the 21st century. Responding to this challenge, it soon became clear that, while having a vital role in the contextual provision of necessary services, public authorities also needed to engage with organizations in the voluntary, community sector, including Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs). This article presents and discusses and analyzes a digest of research and resource evidence from the beginning of 2020–to the end of 2023 concerning the organizational, financial and human contributions of and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on, in particular, Christian FBOs in Great Britain. It goes on to analyze these contributions and impacts within the analytical framework of what it calls a wider “Christian ecology” as the context within which such FBOs live, to which they contribute, and, as argued by this review, apart from which they cannot be properly understood. Finally, in exploring some of the lessons to be learned from the evidence and analysis presented, the article identifies and considers some key opportunities and issues that arise at the interface between the work of (especially, but not only, Christian) FBOs and the structures and processes of the governmental powers-that-be.
Original languageEnglish
Article number315
Number of pages29
JournalReligions
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2024

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This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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The research that informs this article was financially enabled by a project that was supported by the Special Research Grants: COVID-19 Awards (British Academy 2024c) made by the British Academy in 2020 as as Project Award Number CRFG\103515 under the title of “The Organisational, Financial and Human Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Christian Faith-Based Organisation Service Sector in Great Britain”. As explained in more detail in footnote 2 of this article, a combination of unforeseen circumstances following the making of the award meant it was, in the end, not possible to conduct and complete the project as originally proposed, planned and awarded. However, British Academy approval was sought and given for an adaptation of the project, including for a journal outcome of the kind represented by this publication.

Keywords

  • Christian
  • faith-based organizations
  • services
  • COVID-19
  • pandemic
  • human consequences
  • financial consequences
  • organizational consequences
  • Great Britain
  • review of research

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