2017 Bioethics Conference – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Human Dignity and Bioethics

Date Time Doors Open Location
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 11:15 am 10:30 am GCU Arena
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How do our convictions to respect human dignity coexist with our passions for science, biology, medicine and technological innovation? What types of conflict arise between Christian values and advancements in these fields? Esteemed leaders from Grand Canyon University and the community invite you to join the conversation. Gain insight on pressing questions in bioethics regarding disability and human dignity, and ask questions and share your thoughts on contemporary ethical challenges.


10:30 am: Doors open
11:15 am: Chapel with Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason
12:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 pm: Welcome address by Brian Mueller
Followed by:

  • Welcome video from Joni Eareckson Tada (2018 Bioethics Conference speaker)
  • Featured speakers
  • Performances by Critical Mass and students in GCU’s Worship Arts program

Event concludes at 4 pm.

Featured Speakers:

Alan Shlemon
Alan Shlemon Alan Shlemon, an author and speaker for Stand to Reason, trains Christians to share their convictions in a persuasive, yet gracious manner. He addresses controversial issues of our time such as abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics and Islam. Alan has been a guest on radio and television. He’s also spoken to thousands of adults and students across the country at churches, conferences and college campuses.

Melissa Pullon
Melissa Pullon Melissa Pullon is a church director of Special Needs Ministry. She received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, as well as master’s degrees from other institutions. Additionally, she is a member of Mensa International, an organization that focuses its efforts on creating a society that is unbiased in all areas. Her commitment and passion for ministering to those with special needs can be traced to her own experiences in battling a brain tumor as well as her experiences with family members who live with Rett Syndrome, multiple sclerosis, autism spectrum disorder, learning differences and epilepsy. These experiences remind her that “His peace surpasses understanding.” She and her husband have a son at GCU, a daughter in high school and a newly adopted newborn.

Dr. Sherman Elliott
Sherman Elliott Dr. Sherman Elliott is the dean of GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He’s previously served as assistant clinical professor of secondary education and director of the Center for Civics Education at ASU. Trained as an Ignatian educator, Dr. Elliott joyfully served over 11 years as a Catholic educator at Brophy College Preparatory and as principal in the Diocese of Phoenix. Dr. Elliott continues to live his dream by providing people of all backgrounds with opportunities to explore the richness of the humanities and discover who they are. Dr. Elliott received his doctorate in teaching innovation and leadership in 2009 from ASU. He holds an MA in theology and BA in government from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Antoinette Farmer-Thompson
Antoinette Farmer-Thompson Antoinette Farmer-Thompson, DHEd, joined GCU in 2008. During her tenure, she has been innovative in launching GCU’s Honors College for which she is now the dean and Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness. She has helped transform organizations and people through process improvement, human capital planning and large project leadership for more than 22 years. She earned a Doctor of Health Education (DHEd) from A.T. Still University, Master of Business Administration from GCU, Master of Arts in adult education from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in justice studies from Arizona State University. More important than anything is her love of God and family. She is married to Dr. Ronald Thompson, owner of two dental practices (Mesa and Scottsdale) and their three sons – Kale, Colbe, and Brennan. Dr. Farmer-Thompson is an author and is publishing her first book, “I Still Have My Tiara” which helps women to understand their God-given value even through the chaos of life.

Katie Dickey
Katie Dickey Katie Dickey was born with distal spinal muscular atrophy, but that’s never stopped her from going after her dreams and achieving her goals. Katie is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor degree at Indiana Law School and was previously a Teach For America educator in a high-needs school in Phoenix. She earned her degree in Global Studies with an emphasis in violence, conflict and human rights from ASU in 2013. Katie has interned for Cause4Life and traveled to Uganda when many were challenged with human rights issues. Katie also collects wheelchairs for the Joni and Friends Wheels for the World program, as well as volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Along with her servant leadership, Katie is a proud member of the USA National Power Soccer Team.

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