Graduate Christian Fellowship – The Ethics of Prenatal Genetic Screening

The Ethics of Prenatal Genetic Screening:
Medical Issues – Personal Stories

with Michael Buttrey
PhD student in Biomedical Ethics, Regis College

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hello friends,
Michael Buttrey is a doctoral student in theology at Regis College here at U of T, and this Thursday he will be sharing a bit of his story and some of his Master’s work on the ethics of prenatal screening. Growing up as a “first generation” Mennonite with interests in science and encounters with medicine, Michael ended up studying genetics in his undergraduate at the University of Alberta. After shifting gears to study theology at Regent College in Vancouver, he discovered his interests could be united through the study of medical ethics from a Christian perspective. His thesis was titled “How the Practice of Infant Baptism Questions the Paradigm of Prenatal Screening,” and instead of discussing the ethics of abortion and the status of embryos, he argues that Christian practices (like baptism and child dedication) can help form our desires around genetic screening.

Please join us Thursday night for a lively and engaging conversation, and feel free to invite any friends you know who might be interested.



Upcoming GCF Events:

Thurs Nov 15
Geoff Wichert

CRC Campus Minister, University of Toronto
“Reflections on Faith and Life in the Academy”

Thurs Nov 22
Prof Arthur Boers

Associate Professor and R.J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership
Tyndale University College and Seminary
“Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions”

Thurs Nov 29
Jamie Howison

Lead pastor of st. benedict’s table (an urban community ministry in Winnipeg)
“Christian Practices and Engaging Advent”

Thurs Dec 6
End-of-Term Potluck and Advent Celebration


Upcoming Campus Ministry Events:

Saturday, Nov 10
Wine Before Breakfast Bread-making Workshop

9am to 2pm

Friday, Nov 23
A group of GCFers will be going to see:
By Aldyth Morris
Presented by Sanctuary and The Bench Theatre Initiative
8pm, Sanctuary, 25 Charles St E, Toronto

Monday, Nov 26
Room at the Table: Urban Ministry from Justice to Imagination

with Jamie Howison
st. benedict’s table, Winnipeg
7pm at Church of the Redeemer (Bloor St & Avenue Rd)

Tuesdays, 7:22 am
“Wine Before Breakfast”

a weekly Eucharist service in the Wycliffe College Chapel,
followed by breakfast in the chaplain’s office