Australia’s social cohesion has withstood the COVID-19 pandemic, with attitudes largely positive and trust in government significantly higher, according to the 2020 Mapping Social Cohesion Report.
On 29 March 2020, places of religious worship in Australia were effectively closed. What does it mean for people to lose their place of worship? Places that are the centre of people’s social and spiritual lives? In this essay for the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute, Trish Prentice explores the ramifications of these closures, and considers the potential long-term effects. She shares stories from religious communities around the country, asking the question: how have they changed in the wake of the pandemic?