COVID-19 urged religions to be online. There were a lot of digital religion initiatives (apps, websites, social media) before, in which believers could practice faith. However, with COVID-19, for the first time, religions moved completely to the virtual platform. If reluctance existed in some communities regarding the possibilities of the digital sphere, it disappeared. During weeks, it has been the only window to communities, parishes, ceremonies and rituals that confessions have. Before this situation, there was a distinction, in the academia, between the concepts “religion online” and “online religion” (Helland, 2013). “Religion online” described communities that considered the digital platform an instrument for promotion; “online religion” are those digitally mature, using it as a place for believing and practicing. With COVID-19, several communities that were in the “religion online” moment moved to the “online religion” scenario. From now on, religion goes online and this project aims to show how.
Religion goes online platform is a website that will collect the digital religion initiatives implemented by communities during the COVID-19 crises. New social media profiles, websites, video channels, mobile applications, games, etc. The platform is interested in concentrating, in a marketplace format, a high number of digital ideas that contributed to keep practicing religions in lockdown while respecting all health measures. Organized by country and confessions, each initiative will be posted as a best practice and shared in the website. Always available for being checked by other communities interested in replicating the idea now or in the future.
Created and managed by the Blanquerna Observatory on Media, Religion and Culture and supported by the KAICIID International Fellows Programme.