Scientists, theologians and ethicists plan to host a unique workshop on human germ-line editing on October 6 and 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The event, “God and Human Suffering: Conversations on 21st Century Genetics and Our Shared Future”, is sponsored by the University of Utah: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics and UCEER Center for Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications; the Rocky Mountain Synod and its Utah Conference of the ELCA, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church of Salt Lake; and the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.
Questions event leaders will be pondering include: What is our shared mission as people of science, ethics, and faith? What is the role of recent dialogue regarding germ-line editing of human embryos and in the development of regulations that both promote the alleviation of suffering and protect the inherent diversity of our planet?
Speakers include: R. Alta Charo, JD, University of Wisconsin; David Grunwald, PhD, University of Utah; Ted Peters, PhD, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; and the Very Rev. Mark Richardson, PhD. the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and Graduate Theological Union; C. Matthew Peterson, MD, University of Utah, Janet L. Williams, MD, LGC, Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pennsylvania), Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, PhD, Arizona State University.
Registration information can be found at http://godandhumangenetics-slc2017.org.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.