Human Dignity: Clash of World Views

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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? Gain insight on pressing questions in bioethics regarding human dignity. Ask questions and share your thoughts on contemporary ethical challenges with experts in health care, ministry and education.


11 am: Chapel with special guest speaker, Joni Earekson Tada from Joni and Friends 

1:15 pm: Performance from Critical Mass

1:20 pm: Welcome from Brian Mueller

1:25 pm: Dr. Tim Griffin Welcome and Prayer

1:30 pm: Scott Klusendorff

2 pm: Sue and Daniel Stratman

2:30 pm: Suzanne Helzer

3 pm: Panel Discussion

3:30 pm: Evaluations, Door Prizes and Closing

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Date: Monday, Sept. 17, 2018

Location: GCU Arena and First Southern Baptist Church

Time: GCU Arena: 11 am - noon

Doors open at 10:30 am

First Southern Baptist Church: 1 – 4 pm

Ticket Pricing: $15, includes lunch

Free admission for GCU students with GCU ID at the box office (lunch not included)


Joni Eareckson Tada
: Joni is an international advocate for people affected by disability. A diving accident in 1967 left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979, which quickly grew to provide Christ-centered programs to special needs families, churches and communities. Joni survived stage III breast cancer in 2010 and still keeps a very active ministry schedule. Joni has written over 50 books, including her best-selling autobiography, Joni, which was made into a feature film. Her new award-winning daily devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with cancer and chronic pain. Joni also served as general editor of the Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale for people who suffer chronic conditions and their caregivers. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in California.

Scott Klusendorf: Scott trains pro-life advocates to make a persuasive case for life in the public square. His talks have been featured on nationally syndicated programs like Focus on the Family, Truths that Transform and Moody Radio. He is also a staff speaker for the Rethink Conferences and Summit Ministries. His book, The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture, is published by Crossway (Wheaton, IL). He graduated from UCLA and holds a master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola.

Susan and Daniel Stratman:
Sue is a college instructor, having most recently taught at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, and is on the board of Joni and Friends Arizona. Sue, her husband Jay and son Daniel co-authored a book, When Losing is Winning. The book chronicles their family’s journey—and struggle—after 11-year-old Daniel underwent inguinal hernia surgery in 1996, but due to mistakes made by the medical team, was left severely and profoundly brain injured. Daniel graduated from Emmaus Bible College in 2011 and also speaks at youth retreats and conferences. Their passion today is to proclaim a message of hope in the midst of life’s difficulties—that Jesus Christ is truly faithful! Thirty-three-year-old Daniel lives at home with his dad, mom and youngest sister Jordan.

Suzanne Helzer, RNC-OB, CPLC, LCCE:
Suzanne is the nurse manager at First Way Pregnancy Center in Phoenix, Arizona. She works daily with women in crisis pregnancies, utilizing her skills as an RN, educator, counselor and birth mother to support women in unplanned pregnancies. Prior to this position, she worked for 34 years as a labor and delivery nurse as well as a perinatal bereavement program coordinator and educator at Banner Desert Medical Center. As a certified Lamaze instructor in private practice, she prepared couples for over 25 years for the birth of their babies. She is an experienced educator/presenter on a state and national level, having presented on topics pertaining to grief and pregnancy and infant loss, subsequent pregnancy after loss and pro-life issues. She remains active in the perinatal bereavement community as parent support group facilitator, educator, consultant and community liaison at BDMC.