Peacebuilding and COVID-19

Berkley Center and JLI launch platform for religious responses to COVID-19


Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI), and World Faiths and Development Dialogue (WFDD) are launching an online platform to gather and communicate information about religious responses to the pandemic. "The aim is to organize information so that it can be quickly found and used by development policymakers and practitioners as well as religious actors who seek to work together in the COVID-19 response." This follows a consultation hosted by the Berkley Center on March 11 to discuss faith dimensions of the pandemic.

Georgetown Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life hosting online discussion on Catholic Social Thought and coronavirus

Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will host an online discussion via Facebook Live on March 26, from 4-5:30PM EDT (8-9:30PM UTC). According to the event description: “The coronavirus pandemic is a moral crisis, raising fundamental questions about who we are, what we believe, and how we should act to protect human life and dignity and promote the common good in a time of fear, danger, and loss. We face not only a global health calamity, but unprecedented economic, governmental, political, and moral challenges as well. This online dialogue will explore how faith and Catholic social thought can offer moral principles for hard choices, ethical criteria for public action, and hope in a time of fear. In particular, Catholic social thought offers principles to guide our choices as individuals and families, as a nation, and as a global community.”

Mining in Peru continues despite coronavirus


The Peru unit of Iglesias y Minería, the Latin American church network for justice in mining, has released a statement critiquing the government of Peru for allowing mining opertaons to continue despite national shutdowns due to COVID-19. It states, "This puts the life and health of the workers at risk, as well as that of the rural communities and local populations where these operations are carried out. The risk is high and we must adhere to the established quarantine. The argument that these activities would be protected by being in remote or confined places, as President Vizcarra has pointed out, is not supported."