LLU Center for Christian Bioethics holds annual contributor’s convocation
James Walters, PhD, professor of Christian ethics, School of Religion, presents the keynote address during the 16th annual Center for Christian Bioethics contributor’s convocation, held November 3, 2007, in Rancho Cucamonga.
The Center for Christian Bioethics held its 16th annual contributor’s convocation, Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
The events of the day began with an opening prayer from Brian Foxworth, MA, a 2002 graduate from the master’s program in biomedical and clinical ethics and current doctoral student at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California.
Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president for spiritual life & wholeness, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, took the stage next to honor David Taylor, PhD, long-time professor of the School of Religion and supporter of the Center for Christian Bioethics. Dr. Taylor served as interim dean through the transition of the Faculty of Religion to the new School of Religion.
Following Dr. Winslow’s tribute, graduates of the master’s program, Brian Foxworth and Kate Gattuso, introduced the first of the day’s two keynote speakers, James Walters, PhD, former director of the Center for Christian Bioethics, professor of religion, School of Religion, and author of several landmark articles and books in the field of Christian bioethics.
Dr. Walters shared the history of the Center from its inception to the present, touching on milestone moments and highlighting the work of the renowned and beloved Jack Provonsha, PhD, founder of the Center for Christian Bioethics.
Dr. Walters also shared his concern for the future of the Center and the discipline of bioethics, expressing his wishes that Loma Linda University serve as a beacon for the best and the brightest young minds in Christian theology and ethics.
Following Dr. Walter’s remarks, lunch was served.
“This time provided a wonderful opportunity for supporters of the center to visit with one another, discuss issues relating to bioethics that weighed heavily on their minds, and share memories of their experiences at the center over the years,” says Dawn Gordon, manager of the Center for Christian Bioethics.
Following lunch, Dr. Winslow had the honor of introducing the day’s second keynote speaker, B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Behrens remarks regarding the true mission of Loma Linda University and Loma Linda University Medical Center focused on the importance of demonstrating ethics and integrity as individuals and as an institution.
She expressed her wish that the educators, administrators, students, and health care professionals of Loma Linda University never forget the importance of ethics, integrity, and spirituality in our personal and professional lives.
The contributor’s convocation is held in the fall each year to celebrate the various supporters of the Center for Christian Bioethics.
If you are interested in more information about how you can help, please contact Dawn Gordon at (909) 558-4956.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA, and Dawn Gordon