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Center for Christian Bioethics thanks contributors

Mark Carr, PhD, director, Center for Christian Bioethics, presents the Distinguished Contributor�s Award posthumously to John B. Wong, MD, JD, PhD, ThD, MA. Accepting the award is Dr. Wong�s widow, Alice Wong, PhD.
Mark Carr, PhD, director, Center for Christian Bioethics, presents the Distinguished Contributor’s Award posthumously to John B. Wong, MD, JD, PhD, ThD, MA. Accepting the award is Dr. Wong’s widow, Alice Wong, PhD.
As a way of saying “thank you” to contributors, the Center for Christian Bioethics hosted a convocation November 4 at Mission Inn, Riverside.

This was the fifteenth annual contributor’s convocation for the Center.

“We were particularly pleased with our attendance this year,” says Mark Carr, PhD, director, Center for Christian Bioethics.

“Those who choose to give to the Center are increasing in number, as well as those who enjoy this particular celebration of our success as a Center.”

The convocation began with a sacred concert with Josh Tuberan. Mr. Tuberan was assisted by Deanne Knipschild, Christine Akamine, Zoe Thompson, Laurel Hansen, and Jeremiah Waworendeng.

Stephen King, MA, senior vice president, mission and ministry, Centura Health, Englewood, Colorado, told the audience how he maintains the difficult balance between the business of modern day health care and the ministry he hopes to bring to the patients of Centura Health.

Mr. King was then joined in his discussion by Ruthita Fike, MA, chief executive office and administrator, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Following lunch, the audience was treated to presentations by Carla Gober, PhD, director of the Center for Spiritual Life & Wholeness; Andy Lampkin, PhD, assistant professor, Faculty of Religion; and Julius Nam, PhD, assistant professor, Faculty of Religion. The professors shared some of their current research interests, as well as their impressions of the work of the Center.

Also during the day’s events, Mark Carr, PhD, director, Center for Christian Bioethics, presented the Distinguished Contributor’s Award posthumously to John B. Wong, MD, JD, PhD, ThD, MA. Dr. Wong’s widow, Alice Wong, PhD, was on hand to accept the award. A recording made of Dr. Wong’s last birthday was then played for the audience.

The convocation wrapped up with presentations from two students in the bioethics master of arts program at Loma Linda University, George Dzimiri and Whitny Braun.

Mr. Dzimiri is currently working on his dissertation for his PhD/MA in social policy and social research, and Ms. Braun has begun work on her MA program after having finished her MPH and applying for admission to the School of Medicine.

“All of our speakers were excellent,” says Dr. Carr. “We are very thankful for not only their support, but the support of all of our contributors.”

The Center for Christian Bioethics is completely funded by donations and endowment income throughout the year. For more information on the Center, or other ways to contribute, please contact Dawn Gordon at (909) 558-4956.

By Dustin Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006