IRTI Webinar ‘Theology, Climate Change and the Pandemic’

24 June 2021

The worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 makes us deeply aware of human vulnerability. This concerns not only our global interconnectedness which led to the rapid worldwide spreading of the virus, but also the deep connections between the wellbeing of humans, other living creatures, and entire ecosystems. Both the pandemic and the environmental crisis ask for fundamental theological reflection on the human relationship with the earth.

Is it humanity’s destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and infectious diseases such as Covid-19? The far-reaching character of what is at stake makes the pandemic, climate change and ecological sustainability deeply religious issues asking for adequate theological reflection.

You are warmly invited to participate in this Webinar (by Zoom) organized by the International Reformed Theological Institute on Thursday June 24, 2021, 3:30 to 5:00 PM(CET) in Amsterdam (UTC+2), which is 8:30-10:00 PM WIB in Jakarta (UTC+7) and 9:30-11:00 AM in New York EDT (UTC-4). 

This webinar will serve as an appetizer for the 2022 IRTI conference in Yogyakarta on ‘Theology Facing Climate Change’. The webinar starts with short presentations by experts in the field of ecological theology followed by Q&A. The three speakers are:

  • Hilda P. Koster, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecological Theology, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, Canada
  • Ernst Conradie, PhD, Senior Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape, South-Africa 
  • Eva van Urk-Coster, PhD Candidate, Christian religion, imago Dei and ecological responsibility, Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The webinar will be moderated by Pieter Vos, PhD, director of IRTI.



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