New York– The Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology (AACST) has developed a simple survey to learn about the particular interests and concerns of our people as they relate to developments in science and technology. Aligning basic demographic information with these concerns and interests, the AACST will have a better understanding of the most relevant and pressing issues for Orthodox Christians. In turn, the AACST will work diligently to articulate an Orthodox Christian perspective on these issues and begin to offer resources to parishes across the Archdiocese. The survey can be accessed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AACST
What is the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science & Technology (AACST)?
As scientific and technological changes occur in our societies today at high speed and with penetrating power we experience profound changes to our lives. Because such developments are novel and because they have the capacity to affect fundamental questions, such as those related to the beginning and end of life, human reproduction, the way we receive and process information, the structure of the society, and our present and future existence in the physical environment, critical legal, ethical and moral questions emerge that often puzzle the common citizen as well as the societal leadership. Therefore, a need was perceived for the clergy and laity to be better informed on scientific and technological issues. Moreover, there was a need to guide people in those areas where such progress is being made to understand the broader implications of their work.
To address these needs among both clergy and laity, Archbishop Demetrios established the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology (AACST) in 2001. The AACST is pan-Orthodox, comprised of theologians and experts in numerous areas of study, including: biology, physics, medicine and law. The Committee helps inform the members of our Holy Eparchial Synod and works toward the preparation of resource material that will assist the pastoral and educational ministry of the Church on an Archdiocesan, Metropolis, and parish level.
Taking the survey will take less than 3 minutes to complete and your identity is completely protected. For more information please contact Fr. Nathanael Symeonides: [email protected]
To take the survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AACST