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Covid-19, Virtual Church Services and a new Temporary Geography of Home


Year published: 2020
Categories: Journal Article
URL Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12436

Author / Authors:

  • Bryson, J.
  • Andres, L.
  • Davies, A.


BRYSON, J., ANDRES, L., DAVIES, A., 2020, Covid-19, Virtual Church Services and a new Temporary Geography of Home, Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 111(3), pp. 360-372 http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tesg.12436


The COVID‐19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures implemented by the United Kingdom government from 23 March 2020 led to unprecedented adaptations from individuals and communities including places of worship, their clergy and congregations. This paper through a multi‐disciplinary dialogue between human geography and theology explores the interrelations between place, space and the spiritual. It identifies the bricolage mechanisms that were developed rapidly by churches to shift towards providing virtual church services. This was an uncommon practice by Christian denominations in the UK. COVID‐19 changed the rules requiring new practices to emerge resulting in a new form of infrasecular space to emerge. Such rapid transformations through the provision of online services and virtual embeddedness blurred the lines between sacred and secular spaces. During virtual services, the minister’s home is temporally linked to the homes of congregants forming an intersacred space. Homes and spaces within homes are transformed into temporary sacred spaces.


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