CBHD's 26th Annual Conference

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 About the Conference

Join us for our 26th annual conference, Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life. Distinguished speakers examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to death, dying, and end-of-life care and decision-making. Plenary sessions focus on theological foundations, contemporary cultural practices surrounding death and dying, the role of faith in end-of-life care, disparities in care, cost of care and patient goods, and lessons from the Netherlands for physician-assisted suicide.

Workshops and paper sessions explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications. 

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is a leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting global and societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.

  Taking Care—26th annual conference dates   


Tracy A. Balboni
Tracy A. Balboni
Harvard Medical School
  Theo A. Boer
Theo A. Boer
, PhD
Protestant Theological University
  D.A. Carson
D.A. Carson
, PhD
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  Lydia S. Dugdale
Lydia S. Dugdale
Yale School of Medicine
John F. Kilner
John F. Kilner
, PhD
Trinity International University
  Patrick T. Smith
Patrick T. Smith
, PhD
Duke Divinity School
  Jon Tilburt
Jon C. Tilburt
Mayo Clinic


Conference Rates (after March 1, 2019):

  • CBHD Member: $299
  • Non-Member: $349
  • Student/Early Career Professional/Pastor*: $99

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*Student is defined as those who are enrolled in an educational institution at least part-time. Early Career Professional is defined as within five years postgraduation from their most recent degree.


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 In Partnership with

American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynocologists   Americans College of Pediatricians   Americans United for Life   Christian Legal Society
Charlotte Lozier Institute   Christian Medical & Dental Associations   Intervarsity Nurses Christian Fellowship    

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