The Adventist Bioethics Consortium chose “Ethics of Faithfulness for 21st Century Adventist Healthcare” as the theme for its third annual conference, held in the North American Division headquarters building on May 7 and 8. Aimed at Adventist healthcare leaders but also attended by a number of pastors and educators, the conference immediately brought attendees to face some very timely hot-button issues.
Devotional speaker Peter Bath spoke of the necessity of timeliness, of updating our grasp of reality. He spoke of sailing with his uncle in a small craft on Lake Ontario in 1968, and of running aground on a shoal that his uncle declared wasn’t there: it couldn’t be, because it wasn’t on the charts. Then Bath found that his uncle’s chart was dated 1920, long out of date. Our chart — our understanding of the world around us — must be constantly updated. Bath’s message: don’t just say it, live it. The work of Christian ethics is to live like Jesus.
Keynote - Speaker - Dr - Robert - Orr
Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Orr, chosen by the American Medical Association as America’s leading clinical ethicist, described the history of his move, influenced by Everett Koop and Francis Schaeffer, from general practice into the ethics field, including 10 years as Director of Clinical Ethics at Loma Linda University Medical Center, a time remembered by many of Orr’s former students, now leaders in the field themselves, in today’s audience. Orr’s book, Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor is a standard in the field. Orr stressed that ethical dilemmas at the patient’s bedside are often caused by conflicting values and that the patient’s religious values must be honored.
The next plenary session was a presentation by Dr. Andrew Lampkin (Adventist University of Health Sciences) and Dr. Marilyn Link (Adventist HealthCare) on the Ethics of Health Disparities. Their objective was to define disparities, and...
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