Tuesday, November 20, 2012 11:06 AM
On Monday, November 12, Professor Sondra Ely Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, gave a thought-provoking presentation on the ideas she would share in her "last lecture."
Sondra’s focus is on theological bioethics, biblical ethics, virtue ethics and the historical roots of Christian moral theology. She works with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Human Genome Initiative of the National Institutes of Health on programs relating to social, ethical and religious aspects of genetic technology. Her particular interest is in the interface between questions of biomedical ethics and the central commitments of Jewish and Christian faith. At present she is working on a project funded by the Lilly Endowment on the moral character of parental power and its implications for bioethics.
"Moral judgment is an exercise of practical reason. It is not an expression of feeling. It is not an expression of taste."
"The reality is that ethics is a kind of thinking, one that makes judgments about reality."
"This is the distinctive element of human existence. We are the only ones who have to build a world we can share in order to survive and flourish."
To view a video of Sondra Ely Wheeler's full presentation, click here.
The Second Mondays Lecture Series Continues on December 10.
Monday, December 10
Minister of Congregational Care, Metropolitan Memorial UMC
An ordained United Methodist Pastor, Drema has been serving in various pastoral capacities for the past twenty-five years including congregational pastor, Chapel Elder, hospice chaplain, and teacher. She received certification in thanatology in 2006 with an interest in being a death educator, end of life counselor, and spiritual midwife during the dying process. She is committed to helping persons at end of life confront their dying so that they can die peacefully and unafraid. Drema is an adjunct faculty member at Wesley and teaches a graduate course on Spirituality and Loss at George Washington University.
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