Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG)
Current Program Priorities (2018-21)
Recommended Resources from the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group
Technology and the Image of God
This short collection of essays from representatives of several denominations is scholarly, accessible, and promises to inspire important and constructive debate and engagement with emerging technologies, biotechnologies and faith.
When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet: A Practical Group Resource
Does genetics contribute to or contradict our belief that we are created in the image of God? What ethical questions arise from using genetics in reproductive technologies? Is genetic testing for those planning to have children a responsible thing to do? These questions and more are explored in “When Christian Faith and Genetics Meet,” a curriculum with tools for Christian communities to critically assess the opportunities and risks of biotechnology.
About the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group
Who can keep up with the dizzying pace of the revolutions in science and genetics? Who even knows what genetic technologies are now in development? What is life? Who owns life? Fortunately, the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG) isn’t overwhelmed, but instead revels in the possibility of sharing ethical reflections on these developments and discerning principles for how best to respond.
Members of the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group
- Eric Beresford, Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto, ON
- Michael Buttrey – Anglican Church of Canada, Toronto, ON
- Moira McQueen – Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Toronto, ON
- Jim Rusthoven – Christian Reformed Church in North America, Ottawa, ON
- Fr. John Boutros, Coptic Orthodox, Toronto, ON
- Rev Dr Peter Kuhnert, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Waterloo, ON
- Dr. Mary Susan, Mar Thoma Richmond Hill, ON
- Paul Heidebrecht – Mennonite Church Canada, Waterloo, ON
- Emanuel Kolyvas – Orthodox Church of America, Montreal, QC
- Rev. Joan Masterton – Presbyterian Church of Canada Stouffville, Ontario, ON
- Anne Mitchell – Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Toronto, ON
- Sr Zoe Bernatsky, Ukrainian Catholics, Newman Theological College, Edmonton, AB
- Tracy Trothen – The United Church of Canada, Kingston, ON
- Rebecca Ivanoff (part time staff) – Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Guelph, ON
Members are appointed by member churches of The Canadian Council of Churches. Additional members may join because of their interest and expertise in the topic. All members seek to develop a close working relationship with their church.
Organizations related to the CCC such as the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, for example, may also be asked to collaborate with the group on different projects of mutual interest through ex officio representation at group meetings.