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A Survey of Covid-19 Deaths Among American Clergy

J.M. Dixon

Vol. 3, No. 2

Winter 2021

Pages: 238-251

DOI: 10.33929/sherm.2021.vol3.no2.03

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J.M. Dixon, COVID-19, Coronavirus, Clergy, Clergy Deaths, Covid Deaths, FaithX Project, Judicatories

This research aims to discover the number of clergy deaths in the United States that resulted from complications associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The FaithX Project, in association with researchers from the Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR), conducted a survey of sixteen major Christian denominations in the United States. The methodology for this study was to contact leaders in these denominations (via email and phone) who oversaw specific church judicatories. The research took place from January to June of 2021. There was an average response rate of 23.12% across the sixteen Christian denominations contacted. 169 judicatories responded to the survey and a total of 118 clergy deaths were reported, with the Catholic Church recording the most: 43 deaths. The average overall death rate for these denominations was 0.23%, with the highest rate being the Catholic Church at 0.73%. Utilizing this information, it can be estimated that somewhere between 1,008 and 1,099 total clergy in the United States died from Covid-19.

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