Center for Christian Bioethics hosts 14th annual contributors convocation
In a day of appreciation to contributors and supporters, the Center for Christian Bioethics hosted its 14th annual contributors convocation at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe on November 5. The theme this year was ethical issues in cultural interactions in health care.
“Given the fact that our center is now 21 years old, and other centers in the country have come and gone completely in that time, and given the fact that our center depends entirely on the generosity of our contributors, the chance to thank them once a year and to celebrate our success makes for a great time,” says Mark Carr, PhD, theological co-director of the center.
The day began with worship music performed by Stephen Robertson. Dr. Carr then presented this year’s distinguished contributor’s award to Brian, MD, and Maureen Bull, MD.
Jon Dybdahl, PhD, MDiv, president of Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington, led off the day’s presentations, which included a rousing question and answer period. Lunch was served outside in the beautiful sunshine.
During the afternoon program, reports and news from center activities were presented by Jim Walters, PhD, professor of Christian bioethics, Faculty of Religion, Loma Linda University, on his research grant; Kristi Wilkins, MA, chair and assistant professor, department of dental hygiene, School of Dentistry, on the American Society of Dental Ethics; Gerald Winslow, PhD, vice president of spiritual life & wholeness, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, on his recent trip to Australia; and Dr. Carr on his recent trip to Russia.
The final presentation of the day was given by C. Joan Coggin, MD, MPH, who served as special assistant to the chancellor for international affairs, Loma Linda University, for 15 years. Dr. Coggin shared with the audience some of her many overseas experiences.