Center for Biomedical Ethics Sponsors Conference, Role Of Religion
In Biomedical Ethics To Be Explored
23, 2000 -- Where does cutting-edge medicine stop
and "playing God" begin?
steeped in science may have one view while religious patients may
have others. Navigating between the secular and the sacred at times
of medical crisis has never been easy. And continuing advances in
medicine are only making it harder.
Center for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Virginia is sponsoring
a conference that will explore the intertwining relationship of
religion and bioethics in the light of recent medical advances.
and Bioethics: Religious Faith and Secular Medical Ethics" will
bring together some of the nations top minds in religion and
bioethics. The conference will run March 15-16 at U.Va.s McLeod
field of bioethics is now over thirty years old and you can hardly
turn around in our public conversation without tripping over it,"
said Jonathan Moreno, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics.
"Yet the dialogue with theologians and concern about the way religious
belief relates to modern, high-tech medicine has languished. Our
goal is to reinvigorate that dialogue."
program will be of particular interest to front-line health care
workers -- physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains -- as
well as to members of the clergy, and students and teachers of philosophy
and religious studies. The conference is open to the public with
a $100 registration fee, which covers conference materials and the
cost of breakfast and lunch for two days.
speakers include: Martin Marty, University of Chicago, preeminent
Protestant theologian; Elliott Dorff, University of Judaism, leading
Margaret Mohrmann, University of Virginia, author of "Spirituality
and Medicine"; Jim Childress, University of Virginia, member of
the National Bioethics Advisory Commission and coauthor of "Principles
of Biomedical Ethics," a prominent textbook in bioethics; John Arras,
author of "Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine," an anthology in bioethics;
and Renee Fox, University of Pennsylvania, outspoken critic of the
field of bioethics.
conference has been planned with the cooperation of the Jewish Theological
Seminarys Finkelstein Institute and is cosponsored by the
Department of Chaplaincy Services at the U.Va. Health System, U.Va.s
Department of Religious Studies and its Program of Humanities in
with a detailed program is attached.
more information about conference logistics, contact Ann Mills,
associate director for outreach programs at (804) 982-3978, or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information
about conference objectives, topics, or speakers, contact Jonathan
Moreno, director for the Center for Biomedical Ethics at (804) 924-8274,
or at email@example.com.
Charlotte Crystal, (804) 924-6858