While CBHD is involved in a variety of activities, the following initiatives represent the current strategic initiatives of the Center.
Communities of Influence:
Through our expanding communities of influence, CBHD is drawing together professionals and academics, as well as everyday laypeople, to actively engage bioethics in the academic sphere, at the bedside, in the local church, and in the public square. Our Academy of Fellows represents key thought leaders throughout the diversity of academic disciplines engaged in bioethical scholarship. Our Healthcare Ethics Council brings together healthcare professionals and caregivers to identify and respond to the pressing bioethical questions that arise at the bedside. Additional communities include a group focused on bioethics in the church and a group dedicated to exploring bioethics in law and science policy.
Bioethics for the Church:
All of us will make at least one bioethical decision in our lifetime. When that possibly stressful moment comes, how can we know what to do? As a Christian bioethics research center, CBHD is committed not only to generating credible scholarship, but also to helping Christians make wise, moral decisions about medicine and technology. Bioethics for the Church is our initiative that represents a key aspect of our organizational vision: that a Christian conception of bioethics is lived out by the church. Bioethics for the Church provides resources that unpack complex issues in understandable language to help pastors and parishioners, whether the need is to teach, learn, or make a decision in the moment. To learn more about Bioethics for the Church, please click here.
Global Bioethics Education:
In 2009, the Center launched the Global Bioethics Education Initiative (GBEI). The purpose of GBEI is to invest in both rising and established international professionals and scholars who will further advance contextually sensitive Christian bioethical engagement globally. GBEI scholars spend one month of concentrated research and strategic planning at the Center. During this time, scholars dialogue with CBHD scholars and fellows to foster mutual learning and professional networking. At the end of the experience, scholars are invited to submit proposals to compete for a GBEI grant. Through this initiative, CBHD continues to cultivate an international network of bioethicists who promote scholarship committed to a Judeo-Christian worldview and the wealth of the Hippocratic tradition in medicine. To learn more about GBEI, please click here.
Global Women's Health:
The Center's initiative on global women's health engages the broad spectrum of women's health issues with particular emphasis upon a consistent view of human dignity across the entire lifespan of girls and women from conception through death. A key aspect of this initiative is Her Dignity Network. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.
As a bioethics research center, CBHD seeks to provide a variety of resources aimed across the spectrum of academic and popular literature to address the pressing ethical issues of our day at the intersection of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. In addition to our everyday work, the Center is also involved in a number of larger and/or longer-term research projects, including: producing monographs and/or edited volumes involving Center staff; the facilitation of Center sponsored publications involving consultants, fellows, and affiliates; sponsoring collaborative projects in conceptual and/or empirical research relevant to bioethics. To learn more about current research projects, please click here.
If you would like to learn more about any of these initiatives or would like to get involved with a particular community of influence, please contact us through our contact form.