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A Zoom Panel Discussion: Vaccines, Restrictions, and the Church

July 13

Event Time: 7:00 pm CT

Event Description: Providence invites you to join us in conversation with Dr. Chris Burnett, Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider, Rev. Dr. Robert Dean, and Terry Kaufman as they explore how Christians are called to respond to issues facing us as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This free Zoom seminar, moderated by Dr. Nicholas Greco, will consider questions like: 

  • How is the Church meant to interact with matters of public health?
  • How do we understand our role as faithful Christians within the pandemic context?
  • What should the Church know about vaccines, their uptake, and how to respond to questions and feelings of hesitancy?
  • How do church leaders support parishioners with differing views on these issues?

And more. Register today to reserve your spot in the conversation!



Dr. Chris Burnett is a pillar in the rural medical community. After completing medical school in Scotland, he spent time in the Republic of Congo and Albania before settling in rural Manitoba, initially working in Boissevain, then as VP medical for Assiniboine RHA followed by some years at Manitoba Health as Medical Director for Physician Resource Planning. Today, he and his wife Dr. Mairi Burnett are based in Niverville where they have built a holistic medicine practice. Dr. Chris is one of the founding physicians of the Niverville Medical Clinic. In May 2021, Dr. Chris was awarded with a medal of excellence from Doctors Manitoba, one of the highest honors bestowed upon physicians by the province.

Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She obtained a Bachelor of Science, Honours, with Co-op in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Immunology at the University of Manitoba. She worked at the National Microbiology Laboratory and Immunovaccine Technologies Incorporated. She is an award-winning speaker, researcher, and leader. Dr. Dielschneider is currently the Assistant Professor of Biology at Providence and teaches biomedical and health science courses. Her research focuses on immunological pedagogy, science communication, and vaccine hesitancy.

Rev. Dr. Robert Dean's work is motivated by the question of exploring what it means for the Church to be a faithful community of disciples in our contemporary post-Christendom Canadian context. Having graduated from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto in 2014, he is a formally trained systematic theologian. His experience as a pastor and his dissertation work on the theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Stanley Hauerwas, have left him convinced that theology is properly a practical discipline. As a result, his writing and interests have traversed the fields of systematic theology, theological ethics, pastoral theology, homiletics, worship and liturgy, and missional leadership – all in the interest of seeing theological reflection brought to bear on the concrete realities facing the Church.

Terry Kaufman graduated from Providence Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theology and currently serves on Providence's Board of Governors. He has pastored for more than 20 years, first in Kelowna, BC and then in Steinbach, MB at Emanuel EFC. He has served in various leadership roles at the Evangelical Free Church of Canada (EFCC) national office, and is currently sering as Leadership Catalyst for the denomination. He also teaches part-time at Steinbach Bible College, giving oversight to Marketplace and Ministry Leadership.