Bioethics Conference – Equipping for End-of-Life Ministry

by Public Relations

Join the Cedarville University Center for Bioethics and Joni and Friends September 15-17 for the Bioethics Conference 2011 and Through the Roof Summit. The theme of this year’s conference is “Equipping for End-of-Life Ministry.”  Leading experts in the fields of bioethics and pastoral care will provide practical take-home tools for health care and ministry professionals.

There will be presentations by keynote speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., and Christopher Hook, M.D., as well as breakout sessions led by a variety of thought leaders in healthcare ethics and end-of-life ministry. Topics will include issues such as mechanically sustaining life, life support and God’s timing.

Tada is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. A diving accident at 17 left her a quadriplegic, and throughout her life she has assisted others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends as a response to the many questions resulting from her best-selling autobiography, “Joni.”

Mitchell is a professor of moral philosophy at Union University in Tennessee and editor of “Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics.” He was a consultant with the Center for Genetics & Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Co-Director for Biotechnology Policy and Fellow of the Council for Biotechnology Policy in Washington, D.C. He is currently serving as co-editor of the “Zondervan International Dictionary of Christian Bioethics,” to be published in 2012.

Hook is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Mayo Clinic. He is also a Senior Fellow of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He is actively involved in medical ethics scholarship and research.

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