Weyerhaeuser Center

Upcoming Courses, Programs and Events


Seminar on Suffering and Bioethics
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, 4 p.m.
Weyerhaeuser Hall, Rm 111
Whitworth University

Long before it cured disease, medicine aimed to relieve suffering. Despite that precedent, the relief of suffering often takes a back seat in today's biomedical research and treatment. Modern bioethics, too, has been slow to come to terms with suffering. Attention to ethical quandaries has sometimes displaced attention that should be paid to the experience of patients. This seminar will discuss the place of suffering in contemporary bioethics.

This public seminar is free and open to the public.


Ronald M. Green is Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values in the department of religion at Dartmouth College and a member of the department of community and family medicine at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. From 1992 to 2011 he directed Dartmouth's Ethics Institute. In 1994 he served on the National Institutes of Health's Human Embryo Research Panel, and in 1996-97 he served as founding director of the Institute's office of genome ethics. The author of nine books and editor of three, Green has published more than 160 articles on philosophical and applied ethics. His 2007 book Babies by Design (Yale) has topped the Amazon.com listing of books on genetic engineering. In 2005, Green was named a Guggenheim fellow.

Nathan J. Palpant is an acting instructor in the department of pathology at the University of Washington’s Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. His scientific research focuses on developmental fate choices and therapeutic applications of lateral plate mesoderm derivatives. Palpant's work in bioethics has focused on the translational implications of nuclease-mediated genetic engineering and human embryonic stem cells. He is co-editor of Human Dignity and Bioethics: from Worldviews to the Public Square (Routledge, Annals of Bioethics, 2013).

Questions? Contact Michelle Pace at mpace@whitworth.edu or 509.777.3275.


Information on Lay Ministry courses for 2014-15 will be available soon!

Archive of Past Events


Certificate in Lay Ministry (On Campus)
Sept. 2013-June 2014
The non-degree Whitworth Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is designed to help train, equip, and support men and women to serve more effectively as commissioned lay pastors, Christian-education directors, lay-ministry coordinators, youth leaders, church administrators, church elders and deacons, and church-office managers, as well as in a variety of other leadership positions in local congregations.

Certificate in Lay Ministry (On-line)
Sept. 2013-June 2014
Now offered online, the non-degree Whitworth Certificate in Lay Ministry Program is designed to meet the goals of the on-campus program (above) in a format that allows students both inside and outside the Spokane area to participate fully. Classes are held for nine months, from October to June.

Certificate in Teaching the Bible (On-line)
Sept. 2013-April 2014
Church leaders are expected to teach the Bible in various settings with a variety of different constituents. The Certificate in Teaching the Bible Program is designed to give Sunday school teachers, lay ministry leaders and pastors insight into using the Bible more effectively with children, youth and adults.












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