On Wednesday, March 3rd at 4:00 p.m., clergy and wardens of the Diocese of Central New York are invited to a special meeting to support congregations’ COVID-19 response. This meeting replaces the monthly clergy meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 2nd and the monthly wardens’ meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 4th.
We will welcome Dr. Jessica Shand, a physician, clinical ethicist, and theologian whose areas of practice include pediatric blood disorders and cancer, blood disorder research, moral distress mitigation in healthcare, and ethical issues surrounding health disparities. Dr. Shand is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, and Bioethics at the University of Rochester Medical Center and teaches on the adjunct faculty at Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School. Her most recent course at CRCDS (Fall 2020), co-taught with the Rev. Dr. Melanie Duguid-May, was Pandemic: Political Ecology, Theology, and Responses of the Faithful.
Dr. Shand will share current information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including COVID vaccination, to support parish leaders in making faithful decisions while keeping congregations informed. She will also offer her unique perspective as a physician-theologian on how faith communities can support and contribute to pandemic response efforts.
Clergy and wardens will receive the Zoom link via email. If you did not receive the email and would like the link, please email [email protected].