Resources for Building Spiritual Community

In these unprecedented times, we continue to live out the mission of the GTU by drawing from the wisdom in our world’s religious traditions and bringing those insights into conversation with our modern moment. The following resources provide ways we can build spiritual community, but they are not an exhasutive list. We also invite you to our new initiative "Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for Our Times" where each Friday beginning March 23 on the GTU Voices blog we will hear from GTU scholars who offer inspiration and insight on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consortial Resources

The following schools have special spiritual and pastoral care initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last updated April 23, 2020.

Pacific School of Religion 
Offers free webinars each Tuesday webinars with perspectives from our faculty, staff, alumni, and broader community in response to the challenges of this moment with vision, resilience, and skill.

A Liturgy in the Wake of the Coronavirus

Jesuit School of Theology
Regular updates including links to spiritual resources.

Interreligious Spiritual Resources

Spirituality and Practice
S & P offers links to a TedTalk on the epidemic, as well as a variety of spiritual resources from different faith traditions.

On Being
This religion and spirituality podcast has put together a “Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times”

This religion podcast, which focuses on liberation and justice, has put together a list of podcasts on COVID-19 from a social justice lens, as well as a rich resource list.

Spirituality in a Time of Crisis
These are webinars that address spiritual responses to COVID-19 by female religious leaders from multiple perspectice in Women's History Month.


Religion News Service

Spiritual Resources from Faith Traditions

ADAMS Center
This Virginia mosque is one of the largest in the US. They hosted a meeting with health officals answering questions on COVID-19. Imam Mohamed Hag Magid has been posting positive messages and sermons to the group’s Facebook page.

Alliance of Baptists
Links to Baptist churches with livestream worship, as well as worship resources.

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America
Ecumenical faith resources including prayers, articles, actions, and other resources.

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Official website containing official statements and articles.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
This is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Their website includes national press releases on how COVID-19 is affecting Muslims in the US.

Dominican Friars of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
Comprehensive list of Catholic spiritual resources during the COVID-19 outbreak

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Official website containing news, official statements, directives, and links to parishes offering live broadcasts of Divine Services.

This is a leading resource and network for American-Muslim physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals in North America. Their website includes medical information on COVID-19 from the Muslim perspective.

Orthodox Union
Official guidance for COVID-19, links to livestream prayers, and a collection of inspirational stories of how the coronavirus is leading to greater achdut and chesed within our community.

Presbyterian Church USA
Resources for churches and individuals.
This is a news agency that seeks to promote dialogue with the Islamic world and is funded by the German Foreign Office. The website includes many news articles on how COVID-19 is affecting the Muslim world.

Rabbinical Assembly
Resources for clergy on community care, prayers, pastoral care, resources for self-care, and resources for religious professionals coping with trauma.

Reformed Church in America
Practical resources on how churches can respond to COVID-1

Union for Reform Judaism
Official website containing articles, practical resources, and spiritual resources.

United Church of Christ
Official resource list that includes resources for churches, how to speak with children about COVID-19, and statements of UCC church leaders.

Video Resources for Ramadan and COVID-19

Imam Magid Welcomes Ramadan 2020

What does it mean to wait for Imam Mahdi (AJTFS)? - Sister Mahjabeen Dhala

A special message from Imam Zaid Shakir regarding the COVID-19 epidemic

Other recent videos from Imam Zaid Shakir

IMANA Webinar: Prepare for Ramadan during COVID-19 with Sheikh AbdulHakim Mohamed

Berkeley and Bay Area Places of Worship

All Souls Episcopal Parish
Includes a link to their livestream service.

Berkeley Buddhist Temple
Includes a link to their livestream service.

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
Includes a link to their livestream service.

Berkeley Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple

Berkeley Masjid

Chabad House Berkeley

Congregation Beth Israel Berkeley
Includes information on COVID-19 for the Orthodox Jewish community.

Congregation Beth El Berkeley
Includes information on COVID-19 for the Reformed Jewish community.

Epworth United Methodist Church
Links to many spiritual resources, prayer, and livestream.

First Baptist Church Berkeley

First Presbyterian Church Berkeley
This includes a link to the worship video and a Lenten home retreat guide.

First Church of Berkeley UCC
Links to Sunday worship and other spiritual resources.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church

Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
This is an independent, non-profit, community-based organization that provides a dynamic space that cultivates an exchange of ideas about Islam through art, culture, and education programs. The website contains news, events, prayers, and actions on COVID-19.

Newman Hall Holy Spirit Catholic Parish
Links to spiritual resources and livestream.

QalbuMaryam Women’s Mosque
This is the Bay Area’s only women’s mosque.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

St. John’s Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
Links to spiritual resources and livestream.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
This includes a link to live streaming worship.

University Lutheran Chapel
This includes a link to live streaming worship including daily prayer and book study.

Vedanta Society of Berkeley
This includes a link to live streaming worship and events.

New Jagannatha Puri Temple Berkeley

12-Step Resources

Alameda Country meetings on Zoom

Online Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous

Innerlight Productions hosted by Fr. Tom Weston, SJ, a JST alumnus 

Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources for Community and Faith-Based Leaders

Alameda County
Guidance for Faith-Based and Community-Based Organizations re: COVID-19