Dialogue from an ethical and Christian perspective was initiated in a conference on the wellbeing of digitalized societies and workplaces organised by the Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL) Network and supported by the Conference of European Churches (CEC).
The hybrid event was held from 10 to 12 March in Strasbourg.
The conference brought in representatives from European churches stimulating ethical reflections, sharing information about the latest proposals of the EU Commission, related to good and best practices in different European countries in the fields of e-commerce, e-government, while strengthening neighbourhood relations.
The conference discussed diverse theological positions, invoking discussion between participants and members of the European Parliament, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and Alexandra Geese. The debate was led by theologians from both Protestant and Orthodox traditions, as well as specialists from digital companies, trade unions and regional administrations from across Europe.
Among the speakers were Prof. Dr Traugott Jähnichen, Ludovic Voet, Alexi Kopponen, Anna Blaich, Julija Naett Vidovic, CEC General Secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen and CEC President Rev. Christian Krieger.
“You who are gathered physically and digitally in Strasbourg will take on the task of theological discernment and reflection with regard to European citizens’ wellbeing in digitalized societies and workplaces,” said CEC General Secretary Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen.
“In this way, you will demonstrate to our common European Institutions and policymakers how Christian traditions from our shared continent constructively add to the building of healthy and holistic societies, equipped for the future of digitalisation in an ethically and theologically justifiable manner,” he added.
CALL is a Europe-wide network that addresses employment and related economic and social issues from the perspective of Christian theology and a Christian way of life. It seeks to promote a Christian viewpoint in debates about European economic and social policies.