A Christian Witness in a COVID-Shaped World

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Cultivate a Christian imagination

  • Feeling confused or paralyzed by information overload?
  • Understanding how the church and individual Christians should respond to the pandemic?
  • Finding a place to ask big questions and have thoughtful discussions?

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Interactive dashboard

Tableau Public site

To track the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and better inform people about known risks, CSR has prepared an interactive Tableau Public dashboard, drawing on the generous public work of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The newest feature is a visual meeting risk calculator on Tableau Public with an accompanying demonstration video.

Tableau Public screenshot, March 22, 2020

YouTube videos

We have also begun a series of videos hosted on our YouTube channel; check out the CSR COVID-19 playlist or watch a sample video below:

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Data-driven resources and journalism

These articles and dashboards have impressed us as reliable, informative communications. Visit and like our Facebook page for recent links and to suggest additions to this list.

Dashboards, maps, and simulators

Data journalism

Coverage of CSR's work

  • "When meetings become risky business" (March 23, 2020). Press release by Calvin University.
  • "Calvin University employee creates a 'risk calculator' to help people track COVID-19" (March 24, 2020), WZZM13.com
  • "This interactive Calvin University graph shows why social distancing works" (March 24, 2020), Fox17online.com

Local and institutional resources

West Michigan community partners

Calvin University

Health Services' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Like most institutions of higher education, Calvin is grappling with the logistical and ethical problems posed by pandemic response. The general public may learn right alongside our community from Health Services' Frequently Asked Questions page.

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW)

Our colleagues at CICW are maintaining "COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation," a page that includes links to "Pandemics and Public Worship Throughout History" and to COVID-19 materials on the new Preaching and Worship site, a joint venture with the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL).