Human Enhancement and Christianity: Two Upcoming Events in Montreal (October 24 and 25)

Human enhancement, the use of biomedical technology to morally improve individuals, raises questions and dilemmas concerning what it means to be human. The Canadian Council of Churches’ Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG) and the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism invite you to two events open to the public to discuss this issue from a Christian perspective. 

The three papers that will be presented at each event can be found below:

October 24, 2019 – “Christianity and Making Us ‘Better’?”

The first of these events, “Christianity and Making Us ‘Better’?”, will be held on Thursday, October 24 (6-9 PM) at Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church  (750 St Joseph Blvd E, Montreal, QC). Please see the poster below for all information and contact Dr. Emanuel Kolyvas at 514-486-3301 or Adriana Bara at 514-937-9176 or  info@oikomene.ca if you have further questions.

[Program title:] Christianity and Making Us 'Better'?: Enhancement Technologies Human enhancement, the use of biomedical technology to morally improve individuals, raises questions and dilemmas concerning what it means to be human. Join us to discuss this conversation from a Christian perspective. What is moral bioenhancement? What impact does it have on Christian views of what it means to be human? Presentations will be in English with whisper translation into French. “Christianity and Making Us ‘Better’?” is being co-sponsored by The Canadian Council of Churches' Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG) and the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. The Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group, comprised of delegates from all 26 member churches of the CCC, gathers and exchanges information about how biotechnology is changing our world. Operating from a Christian faith perspective, it seeks to provide a forum for theological reflection, public education, and advocacy. The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism participates in interfaith and Christian dialogue at national and regional levels. When: Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 6PM - 9PM Where: Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church 750 St Joseph Blvd E, Montreal, QC This event is free and open to the public! No registration required. Program: 6pm Doors Open 6:30 Official Welcome Peter Noteboom, General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches Bishop Ioan-Casian, Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Canada 7:00 – 8:30 Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group Panel: MORAL BIO-ENHANCEMENT THROUGH A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL LENS Tracy Trothen, Professor of Ethics, School of Religion and School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University; Minister, United Church of Canada MORAL BIO-ENHANCEMENT AND VIRTUE Michael Buttrey, Doctoral Candidate, Theology, University of Toronto; Theologian-in-Residence, St. Clement’s Anglican Church MORAL BIO-ENHANCEMENT THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Moira McQueen, Executive Director, CCBI; Moral Theologian, USMC Faculty of Theology 8:30 – 9:00 Light Refreshments and Conversation For more information, please contact: Dr. Emanuel Kolyvas at 514-486-3301 or Adriana Bara at 514-937-9176 or info@oikomene.ca.


October 25, 2019 –  “Faster, Higher, More Moral: Human Enhancement and Christianity

The second event, “Faster, Higher, More Moral: Human Enhancement and Christianity, will be held on Friday, October 25 (6-9 PM) at Parlor of the Grand Seminaire de Montreal (2065 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3H 1G6). Please see the poster below for all information and contact Dr. Emanuel Kolyvas at 514-486-3301 or Adriana Bara at 514-937-9176 or info@oikomene.ca if you have further questions. 

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