Over the next decade life-changing biotechnologies will emerge, with potentially significant impact on European society. Increasingly, issues relating to biotechnology and ethics are being taken up by the European Institutions and by the Council of Europe. CEC monitors and contributes to this work.
Our work in this area seeks to increase cooperation with churches and church organisations, including ethics committees, universities, research centres, and academics.
The Thematic Reference Group on Bioethics has recently published a statement on moral and ethical issues in gene editing (click here for PDF).
For more information about our work in this area, please contact Rev. Sören Lenz.
9 Mar, 2018
À travers la manipulation génétique, les humains se prennent-ils pour Dieu ? Dans quelles conditions la manipulation génétique peut-elle et doit-elle être autorisée, tant moralement que légalement ?
8 Mar, 2018
Является ли редактирование генома своеобразной игрой людей в Бога? При соблюдении каких условий редактирование генома является нравственно приемлемым и допустимым и даже должно быть обязательным по закону?
1 Mar, 2018
Questions related to gene-editing were explored in depth by by scientists, theologians and philosophers in a conference in Paris.
12 Jan, 2018
Gene-editing is one of the most important and controversial topics in modern bioethics. What are its implications for our understanding of what it means to be human?
9 Jan, 2018
CEC has appointed Rev. Sören Lenz its new executive secretary to represent CEC’s office in Strasbourg. He will be responsible for CEC’s work in the field of bio-ethics, human rights and engagement with European Institutions.
9 Nov, 2014
On November 6 and 7, 2014, 20 people, representing 15 different churches from 15 countries, assembled in Strasbourg to discuss the question “How do churches speak up in public debates?” The aim of the workshop was to gain insights into the most effective and the most truthful ways to be heard and seen in public debates.
8 Nov, 2014
On November 6 and 7, 2014, 20 people, representing 15 different churches from 15 countries, assembled in Strasbourg to discuss the question “How do churches speak up in public debates?” The aim of the workshop was to gain insights into the most effective and the most truthful ways to be heard and seen in public debates. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS), and human procreation were taken as case studies.
30 Jun, 2012
Twenty-six (26) authors contributed to the CSC (now merged with CEC) book Human Enhancement: Scientific, Ethical and Theological Aspects from a European Perspective.
27 Apr, 2012
From 25-27 April 2012, around 50 representatives mainly from European churches but also from other religions and the fields of politics, ethics, and science, met in Brussels to discuss the subject of human enhancement. The conference was organized by the Church and Society Commission (CSC) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a platform in which a range of Christian denominations in Europe work together. A common workshop with STOA at the European Parliament, brought together around one hundred participants.
27 Mar, 2012
Human Enhancement: Moral, Religious and Ethical Aspects from a European Perspective takes place in Brussels, from 25 - 27 April 2012. The general aim is to facilitate an international, interdisciplinary and interdenominational dialogue on the definition, the advantages and the concerns with regard to human enhancement.