CEC Webinar: Vaccination – Curse or blessing? A spiritual and theological approach to Covid-19 vaccinationFebruary 18, 2021 16:30 February 18, 2021 18:00 From 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Organised by the Science, New Technologies and Christian Ethics programme of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), a webinar on “Vaccination – Curse or blessing? A spiritual and theological approach to Covid-19 vaccination” will be held on 18 February 2021, 16.30-18.00 (CET).
While vaccination centers are being set up with feverish haste in Europe, the number of those who are sceptical or even hostile towards vaccination against the coronavirus is growing. The arguments are manifold and range from healthy skepticism about a new kind of vaccine to conspiracy theories that fear the implantation of a microchip.
If critical questions regarding the development and use of new vaccines are fundamentally important and necessary, ideologically, and religious based rejection of vaccination should be taken quite seriously. Often emotional, theologically characterized, or socially conditioned argumentation is mixed in the process. In this context, not only scientific arguments can be used, but the rejectionist attitude must also be classified theologically and ethically.
CEC webinar aims to inform about the current state of scientific knowledge regarding vaccination against COVID-19 and ask ethical questions. The webinar is not intended as a rebuttal and scientific justification against vaccination opponents and sceptics, but to provide fact-based information to those responsible in church and society and to give insight into ethical questions from a Christian perspective.
- Rev. Prof. Gina Radford, Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of NHS
- Prof Gayle Woloschak, Professor of Radiation Oncology and adjunct professor of Religion and Science, Chicago
- Dr John J.L. Jacobs, Immunologist, medical data scientist
- Prof. Dr Ulrich H.J. Körtner, Institut for Systematic Theology and President of the Institute for Ethics and law at the University of Vienna
- Professor Julija Vidovic, Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint Serge à Paris
- Dr Brendan Mc Carthy, Church of England’s national adviser on medical ethics and health and social care policy
For more information or questions contact Rev. Sören Lenz: firstname.lastname@example.org