Covid-19: how are you coping?

That’s the title of a research project that a contact of mine, Revd Dr Roger Abbott at the Faraday Institute in Cambridge, is running. He’s a specialist in studying disaster response, aiming to learn lessons from major disasters that can help the Christian community cope better when disasters occur, but, equally importantly, learn how they can help natural hazards not turn into disasters.

This present project will involve conducting in-depth interviews with volunteer participants from local churches.The research will be conducted under strict ethical protocols, and will offer confidentiality and anonymity to each participant, as well as being conducted under The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion’s Christian ethos.

Roger is inviting volunteer participants, from any person over 18 years of age, self-identifying as a White or Black/Asian/ Minority ethnic Christian who fits any of the following categories: anyone who has notexperienced symptoms of Covid-19, anyone who has knowingly been infected by the Covid-19 virus, anyone who is a hospital / care home staff member involved with treating the Covid-19 virus, and anyone who has been bereaved of a loved one by the Covid-19 virus.

If you are interested in taking part please make direct contact with Rev. Dr. Roger Abbott, rpa24@cam.ac.uk , +44 7877933662 / (01509) 822701, or by post to 7 Blenheim Close, Loughborough, LE11 4SA.