Coping, Meaning Making and Resilience Within the Dutch Reformed Pietist Community During the COVID-19 Outbreak: An Exploratory Qualitative Study

Tobias Cinjee, Hanneke Schaap-Jonker

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Abstract

In this qualitative study, we examined how community members of the Dutch reformed pietist community coped with the COVID-19 pandemic, and which religious sources of meaning making and resilience they used during this time of crisis. Based on seven in-depth interviews, we found that the representation of God being ‘above all things’ was prominent in times of close encounter with the coronavirus. In actively interpreting the pandemic, community members tended to stay away from concrete eschatological or ecological interpretations. Rather, the general theme of ‘malleability’ was used and linked to notions of calling and punishment. Furthermore, we identified the importance of community and scepticism towards the government as sources of resilience, whereas thinking about the future of the church was a source of fear and concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4205-4225
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume61
Issue number5
Early online date6 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Meaning making
  • Religious coping
  • Resilience
  • The Netherlands

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