In recent weeks, a small number of houses of worship in the US have made the news for intentionally and repeatedly violating “do-not-gather” orders in place to help protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some Neo-charasmatic church leaders have especially stirred controversy, getting arrested for holding services while also circulating conspiracy theories about the coronavirus online and in their communities.
How is the current public health threat affecting the relationship between church and state? And how is disinformation about the virus spreading in these online communities, fueling the risky behaviour of some Church leaders and goers?
An interdisciplinary group of Concordia researchers will discuss these questions and more, investigating this timely issue from different perspectives. Join the conversation by registering for our Zoom webinar or watching live on our Facebook page.
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NOTE: This conversation may not be suitable for young children.
Marc-André Argentino (Panelist), PhD candidate in the Individualized Program (INDI)
André Gagné, Associate Professor (Panelist), Theological Studies; Faculty Member, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
Ketra Schmitt (Panelist), Associate Professor, Centre for Engineering in Society
Shazma Abdulla (Moderator), Lead, Health Initiative & Special Projects, Office of the Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies