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. Read below our statements:
- Thematic Reference Group on Bioethics statement on alleged genome editing in China, 2019.
- CEC Response to Draft Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI
Moral and Ethical Issues in Human Genome Editing (2019)
A Statement of the CEC Bioethics Thematic Reference Group, published in partnership with Globethics.net
Recent reports of a Chinese scientist who claims to have applied genome editing techniques to human embryos, which were subsequently implanted and resulted in the birth of live babies, means that the question of whether—and how—these techniques should be used in humans demands an urgent answer. This in-depth report takes a wider perspective on the issue, which concerns all people as individuals and collectively as a society. It challenges the alleged achievement in China as being profoundly unethical, reflecting a disregard for the ethical and professional concerns of the international scientific community.
For more information about our work in this area, please contact Rev. Sören Lenz.
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28 Feb, 2018
Questions related to gene-editing were explored in depth by by scientists, theologians and philosophers in a conference in Paris.
11 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?
8 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.
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.
7 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.
29 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.
26 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.
26 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.
31 Dec, 2011
The newly established Preparatory Committee for a Conference on Human Enhancement started its work.
28 Feb, 2010
‘Human Enhancement’ is about trying to make changes to minds and bodies – characteristics, abilities, emotions and capacities – beyond what we regard today as normal. Across a range of scientific disciplines, discoveries and developments nowadays make the idea of significantly modifying the human body no longer mere science fiction.