Bioethics Conference Focuses on End-of-Life Ministry

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 31, 2011
  • In the Media

joni eareckson tadaJoin 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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Date: September 15-17, 2011
Location: Cedarville University
Address: Cedarville University, 251 N. Main St., Cedarville, Ohio (Campus Map)
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Dear Joni. I myself have admired you for years. What God has done with you and through you. But I am writing abouut my niece. she has been paralized since she was 17 she is now 40 somthing. she knows the Lord but does'nt walk it. its as if she has all but given up. she has a beautiful little girl, that she conceved and had. but she is missing it. Joni please friend her.I've always beleaved you could help her. Her name is Angie Prince. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I may never see you here on earth. but I will look you up in heaven. So I'll see you then. Sherry Simpson
  • Sept. 10, 2011
  • 10:23 a.m.
  • Sherry Simpson
These are important and essential subjects needing to be dealt with. You can surely give an enlightened view of the real issues at stake. Thank you for all you do for others. I thank my God upon every rememberance of you.
  • Sept. 9, 2011
  • 9:13 a.m.
  • Stefani Smirnes
Praying for this conference to touch the lives and hearts of many people!
  • Sept. 1, 2011
  • 8:36 p.m.
  • Kathy Roeth