Clergy Duty to Care – Case Studies

Scenarios, discussion questions, ecclesiology and biblical texts for reflection related to duty to care. Each of the two scenarios revolves around priests dealing with the ill and dying during a pandemic.

Eucharistic practice and the risk of infection

Offers general guidelines on the risk of transmission of infections through eucharistic practice (for AIDS as well as other infections), including through intiction. Other dangers are discussed, such as communicating with the ill in hospital or breaking the bread with contaminated hands.

Pandemic preparedness: an introductory article

Introductory article written by Bishop Victoria Matthews exploring issues that Canadian Christians may face during a pandemic, following upon a discussion of the Human Life Task Force of FWM and written at its request.

The Theological Bases of Community: Creation, the Holy Spirit, the Church

Thoughts by Joanne McWilliam of Christ Church, Deer Park, Toronto, on what preparations the church might take in the case of a pandemic, exploring the theological aspects of human communities, the community of Creation, the body of Christ, the community of the Spirit, the image of God. Questions for discussion are provided.