Updates & Activities - Summer 2017

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Paige Cunningham, JD, PhD

  • Contributed a column on pig-human chimeric embryos for Salvo Summer 2017.
  • In March, led an evening event on “Life, Death, and Faith” with Jennifer McVey for CrossWay Church (Germantown, WI).
  • Presented “Bioethics in the Church Today” for the March Bioethics Colloquium hosted by Trinity Graduate School.
  • Joined the Advisory Board of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics, and Economics.
  • In May, discussed the manufacture of jewelry from frozen embryos on “Brian and Kathleen Mornings” (Moody radio Cleveland).
  • Contributed columns on biohacking and cyborgs, and creating artificial organs, for Salvo magazine.
  • Was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Taylor University.

Michael Cox, PhD (Cand.)

  • Facilitated the February and March Theological Bioethics Roundtable Discussions of Richard Lints, Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion.

Michael Sleasman, PhD

  • In April, presented “Machine Morality—Technology in the Church: From Driverless Cars to Sex Robots and Beyond” to the TIU Bioethics Roundtable Society.

Heather Zeiger, MA

  • Contributed essay “Jumping to Conclusions: When Risk-Taking Takes Lives” for the Summer issue of Salvo.

Staff Transitions

Without the assistance of our part-time staff, many of the things that CBHD does would not be possible. All of us at the Center wish to extend special thanks to Lindsay Callaway (Office Assistant) and Kristen Mathson, MA (Event Assistant) for their contributions to the Center over the past few years. We wish them well in their future endeavors.

The Center also said goodbye to Jennifer McVey, MDiv (Event & Education Manager) after eight years with the Center, as she took an out-of-state position to be closer to family. Among other things, Jennifer was pivotal in professionalizing the annual summer conference proceedings and significant improvements to overall attendee experience; expanding CBHD’s educational and equipping opportunities, piloting the Center’s move into webinars; facilitating the growth of the Center’s Global Bioethics Education Initiative; and serving as a lead facilitator for Her Dignity Networking, expanding the Center’s engagement in global women’s health. Her presence and contributions to the Center’s work will be greatly missed among the staff.

New Staff

CBHD welcomed Jonathan Wright, MDiv, as the Center’s part-time Office Assistant. Jonathan is an incoming graduate student in Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Additionally, the Center welcomed Sharon Gustafson as the Event & Executive Services Manager. Sharon joins us after several years of assisting with the graduate bioethics degree program in the Trinity Graduate School Dean’s Office.

Theological Bioethics Roundtables

During the Fall and Spring semesters, CBHD continued our tradition of hosting theological bioethics roundtable discussions. Now in its sixth year, these sessions provide an opportunity for CBHD research staff to interact with graduate and doctoral students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School so as to foster theological reflection and engagement in bioethics. The texts for this year’s discussions were Brian Brock, Christian Ethics in a Technological Age, and Richard Lints, Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion.

Coming Soon: Gene Editing and the New Eugenics