Empty Church during Covid-19 Pandemic
Starting in December 2019, the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has spread to the majority of countries in the world and three months later the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic. Indonesia is not spared from it. After the declaration of the disease as a pandemic the reluctant President Joko Widodo issued health emergency regulations, including the closure of workplaces in Jakarta and other cities, restriction of public transpoertation, as well as discouragement of religious and other public gatherings. Indeed, pandemic is not only an issue of public health, but responses to it have touched on all aspects of life, from finance, employment to education and religious life. This research focuses on the social-political-religious dimensions of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia. It is the result of a collaboration between ICRS and CRCS, supported by available funding from different sources (Ristekdikti, Ford Foundation, Oslo Coallition for Religion or Belief, and UGM Graduate School). The research focuses on six main topics: State, Civil Society and Covid-19, Religious and Social Innovations, Cultural and Religious Perspectives on Covid-19, Limitations to Freedom of Religion or Belief on the Ground of the Pandemic, Hospitality and Hostility in Social Media, and Women and Covid 19. This research runs from April until December 2020.