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GBHEM E-Panel Series

Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science

Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GBHEM has created a new e-panel discussion series, “Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science.” It brings experts in faith and theology together with leading scientists and researchers to discuss the full impact of the health crisis and how we, as United Methodist leaders, are called to respond to it. Through these virtual discussions, viewers have the opportunity to hear from physicians, theologians, biologists, social scientists, seasoned pastors, frontline chaplains and many more.

All e-panels are streamed live to the GBHEM YouTube Channel. Full recordings are also posted on Facebook and are available through the individual e-panel pages listed below.

Upcoming discussion topics are shared in advance and our constituents are invited to email us their questions related to that topic. GBHEM selects the top four or five questions to address in the discussion. For example, our first e-panel discussion addressed concerns about the cause of the coronavirus and what it means for the Church. Prior to, “Coronavirus at the Crossroads of Faith and Science Part I: Is the Pandemic a Punishment?” constituents emailed us questions like:

  • Is the virus a punishment for sins?
  • How is COVID-19 spread?
  • How well are governments and leaders responding? What needs to improve?
  • Is this an eschatological moment in history?

Our panelists for Part I, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth of Meharry Medical College and Professor Randy L. Maddox of Duke Divinity School, answered these questions and explained how United Methodists can use faith and scientific research to respond to the pandemic.

Each e-panel in the series will address a different aspect of this crisis and welcome new experts in science and theology. Visit this page regularly to access information on past and upcoming e-panel discussions:

Would you like to submit a question or suggest a topic for our e-panel series? Email us at

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