Updates & Activities - Winter 2017

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Paige Cunningham, JD, PhD

  • In October, taught a seminar on biblical principles and ministry applications in bioethics for Reformed Theological Seminary’s Institute of Theology and Public Life.
  • Presented a paper on “It All Begins in Genesis: Thinking Theologically about Medicine, Technology, and the Christian Life,” at the annual conference of the Center for Pastor Theologians in October.
  • Wrote columns on embryo jewelry and cremation, and scientific integrity and informed consent for Salvo.
  • Interviewed for an article in The Federalist about the development of artificial wombs.

Michael Sleasman, PhD

  • In October, presented “Engaging with the Future: Christian Faithfulness in a MedTech World—From Technology to Bioethics & Beyond” to the Trinity College, Department Chapel for the Division of Science, Technology, and Health.
  • In November, presented “Creation & Intrinsic Goodness: Theological Exploration for Engaging Nanotech & Synthetic Biology” for the bioethics section at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Michael Cox, PhD (Cand.)

  • Facilitated the October and November Theological Bioethics Roundtable Discussions of J. Gordon McConville’s Being Human in God’s World: An Old Testament Theology of Humanity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016).

Heather Zeiger, MA

  • Published “Deaths of Despair: Are Middle-Agers Giving Up?” in the Fall issue of Salvo.

Strategic Partnerships

CBHD partnered with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the American College of Pediatricians to host the Matthew Bulfin Educational Conference on Trinity’s Deerfield campus in late September. CBHD also offered a preconference session with Dr. Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP, on the topic of “My Body, My Health: How Understanding the Female Body Promotes Health.” This session was co-hosted with several groups at Trinity International University and was offered primarily for female students, spouses, faculty and staff of the undergraduate and seminary.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Bioethics Scholarship

CBHD launched its first ever Student Paper Competition this Fall in conjunction with its 25th annual conference. Undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and doctoral students were invited to engage questions from a Christian perspective associated with foundational or emerging issues raised at the intersections of medicine, science, technology, and our common humanity. The winning paper will be published in a future issue of Dignitas. In addition, the author will receive a complimentary conference registration, cash prize of $250, and the opportunity to present the paper during a parallel paper session at the conference. More information about future Student Paper Competitions can be found at https://cbhd.org/conf2019/student-competition.

Staff Transitions

After several departures in the past year, CBHD welcomed Sharon Gustafson as the Events and Executive Services Manager in the late Spring and Jonathan Wright as the part-time Office Assistant in the early Fall.

Coming Soon: Contemporary Issues in Reproductive Technology