Vaccines, Society, and the Individual:
A Biblical Worldview in Response to COVID-19 Thursday, September 30, 7 - 8:30 PM EST.



Community Faith Partners is excited to announce that Dr. Richard Zimmerman from the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Vaccine Research will lead a community discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine at our upcoming Zoom Webinar on Vaccines, Society, and the Individual: A Biblical Worldview in Response to COVID-19 on Thursday, September 30, 7 - 8:30 PM  EST.

As our community adjusts to life with the Delta variant, we are praying for everyone's health and wellbeing and are encouraged to see many receiving COVID-19 vaccination.
We realize that many of our community members continue to have hesitations--including deeply-held religious concerns--regarding receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  Perhaps you are concerned about potential side effects, reluctant to receive a vaccine that may have been tested in fetal cells, or have friends or family members who don't feel they would benefit from the COVID-19 vaccine.  We welcome you to the discussion. We encourage you to invite your friends, family, and members of your faith and other communities.  If you would like to submit questions in advance, please send them to


Our Moderator:




Dr. Josephine C. McAllister, MD, FAAD, is a Dermatologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, President of the Central New York Dermatology Society, and President of the Tompkins County Medical Society.  As the founder of Dermatology Associates of Ithaca, Dr. McAllister is committed to providing excellence in dermatologic care to patients of all ages, skin colors, and ethnicities.  She has been a Panelist for Community Faith Partners' Let's Talk Unity Webinars on Racial Reconciliation and Ithacans Navigating the Wave of COVID-19 anti-Asian Violence.  Dr. McAllister sees her work in racial reconciliation as an extension of her calling as a physician to love one's neighbor as oneself.  As a community member and mother of a child with special needs, Dr. McAllister seeks to help build a community where all people are welcomed, valued, and given equal opportunities to contribute and thrive.

Our Panelist:



Dr. Richard Zimmerman is from the Pittsburgh Vaccination Research Group at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Zimmerman is an award-winning family medicine physician and researcher who has served on the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (or ACIP) as a voting member and chair of the Influenza and Adult Vaccination Working Groups.  This past May, Dr. Zimmerman published a paper in the highly regarded Elsevier Journal on "Helping patients with ethical concerns about COVID-19 vaccines." In terms of Dr. Zimmerman's faith background, he identifies as an evangelical Christian.  He has served as an elder in evangelical denominations, participated in short-term missions trips, has a Master's degree in bioethics from Trinity International University, and is a Christian Medical and Dental Association member.

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Tuesday, JULY 6, 7:30 EST


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Join us for a relevant discussion on the state of our nation. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021, @ 7:30 PM.















Dr. Paul D. Miller is a Professor of the Practice of International Affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He serves as co-chair of the Global Politics and Security concentration in the MSFS program. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

As a practitioner, Dr. Miller served as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan on the National Security Council staff; worked as an intelligence analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency; and served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army.

His most recent book, American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy, was published by Georgetown University Press in 2016. In his first book, Armed State Building (Cornell University Press, 2013), Miller examined the history and strategy of stability operations. His next book, tentatively titled Just War and Ordered Liberty, reinterprets the just war traditions in light of contemporary security challenges. Miller taught at The University of Texas at Austin and the National Defense University and worked at the RAND Corporation prior to his arrival at Georgetown.

Miller's writing has also appeared in Foreign Affairs, Survival, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, The American Interest, The National Interest, The World Affairs Journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies, and elsewhere. Miller holds a PhD in international relations and a BA in government from Georgetown University, and a master in public policy from Harvard University.

He is a contributing editor of the Texas National Security Review, a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, and a research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.



International Relations, National Security, Military, War and Peace, Political Theory, Religion, Security Studies, Strategy


Let the 4th of July celebrations continue and join us on July 6th with Dr. Paul D. Miller. We will reflect on what is great about the United States and how we can express patriotism. At the same time, and more importantly, we will examine our hearts to see where the idolatry of our country has crept into our lives and congregations. Then, we can repent and find increasing freedom in following Christ.