The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD)
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield IL  60015 USA
Phone: 847.317.8180
Fax: 847.317.8101
Primary Website:

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity was established in 1994 to bring biblical-Christian perspectives to bear on current and emerging bioethical challenges. Such challenges include genetics, end-of-life decisions, abortion, reproductive technologies, and managed care, among many other issues. Its mission is to explore nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. A membership program gives people access to the international journal Ethics and Medicine, the Center’s newsletter Dignitas, and a variety of internet resources, as well as discounted access to conferences.

Various conferences bring together a wide range of leaders across disciplinary, denominational, institutional, and cultural boundaries:

National/International conferences on the Trinity campus each June. Recent conferences have included the following topics:

  • 2018: Bioethics & Being Human
  • 2017:  Genetic & Reproductive Technologies
  • 2016:  Transformations in Care
  • 2015:  Science, Research, and the Limits of Bioethics
  • 2014:  Bioethics in Transition
  • 2013:  Health and Human Flourishing

Conferences in non-U.S. locations, such as

  • Seoul, South Korea: Bioethics Challenges for Professionals and the Public
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti: AIDS and End-of-Life Care
  • Bratislava, Slovakia: Professional Integrity and Resource Scarcity in Health Care
  • Brussels, Belgium: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the Alternatives

Multimedia resources to assist people in grappling with bioethical issues:

  • Audio and Video Resources: Hundreds of topical CDs, DVDs, and online media by a diverse group of national and international experts in bioethics.
  • Books and Booklets
  • Internet: Websites, internet newsblog, weekly podcasts, and regular free internet publications to inform international understanding, dialogue, and collaboration on bioethical challenges

Office of Extension and Affiliated Education

The Office of Extension and Affiliated Education is committed to assisting the church develop professional and lay leaders through nontraditional forms of education. These include such off-campus learning experiences and primary delivery systems as extension sites and distance education courses. Graduate school prerequisites may, in some cases, be met through Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses. Contact the Admissions Office or the Office of Extension and Affiliated Education for additional information. Students desiring to pursue Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses as part of their master’s program should consult their Program Chair.