Coffee with Class: Solidarity with the Dying-Spirituality at the End of Life

Registration for this event is now closed.  Please contact the Selim Center at  651-962-5188 with any questions.

Event Description: Technological advances and parallel cultural developments over the past century have given rise to debates over how best to understand and approach end-of-life decision-making. Catholics,  and Catholic health care services in particular, have been active participants in these debates. This presentation offers an overview of these debates; it proposes that the heart of the Catholic approach to end-of-life decision making is a theologically-based understanding of our human sociality, a “being-together” that demands our solidarity with both the living and especially the dying.

Event Information: Friday, October 13, 2017, 9:30-11:00 a.m., McNeely Hall Room 100, University of St. Thomas St. Paul Campus

Event Instructor: Dr. Paul J. Wojda is associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas.  Dr. Wojda received his B.A. in Government and Political Theory in 1984 from the University of Notre Dame. He holds a master’s degree (cum laude) in Religious Studies from Yale University Divinity School (1987), and a doctorate in Christian Ethics/Moral Theology, also from the University of Notre Dame (1993). Dr. Wojda’s research interests include Catholic fundamental moral theology, political theology, and biomedical ethics. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in the Encyclopedia of CatholicismPro Ecclesia, Word and World, The Annual for the Society of Christian Ethics, Theology Today, The Thomist,and elsewhere. At St. Thomas, Dr. Wojda teaches in the undergraduate department of theology, and in the graduate (M.A.) programs of Divinity and Catholic Studies. Dr. Wojda served as Director of the M.A. Program in Catholic Studies (2005-10), and as chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee (2014-15). He was a founding member and chair of the St. Thomas’ Institutional Review Board. Dr. Wojda regularly takes students on short-term January courses to Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine). In addition to his duties at St. Thomas, Dr. Wojda has served as Chair of former Archbishop Harry Flynn’s Biomedical Ethics Commission, and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Basic and Applied Research in Surgery, a non-profit foundation affiliated with the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery. He has served as an ethics consultant to Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the country’s largest Catholic healthcare systems, as well as on the Perinatal Bioethics Committee of Hennepin County Medical Center. He also served as a member of the National Marrow Donor Center’s Institutional Review Board. He currently assists the Veritas Institute at St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business in conducting on-site consultations with Catholic hospitals and healthcare systems.

Fee for the event:  $25.00 per person - cost includes breakfast-style refreshments. Please be sure to include any special dietary needs at the time of registration. (Deadline to register for this event is October 5.)

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