Ethics & Discernment

2022 Virtual Ethics Seminars


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Join us on Wednesday October 26, 2022 for the Fall 2022 Virtual Ethics Seminar.

Title: Right's Talk: Exploring the Language of Rights in Health Care.
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. MST.
Presenters: Josh Stachniak & Dr. Eleanor Stewart

This is a free event, registration is required via Eventbrite by October 24, 2022.

Session Description:

This seminar will outline a brief history of rights, describe types of rights, and set rights talk in the Canadian context with attention to health, education, and social services. We will be joined by Josh Stachniak, General Counsel for Covenant Health, who will guide our exploration of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to help us reflect on how we ought to respond respectfully when rights are asserted.

Session Objectives:

  1. to understand what rights are
  2. to explore the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and how it is applied
  3. to consider the conversation rights talk elicits and how to respond compassionately


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Join us on Tuesday May 17, 2022 for the Spring 2022 Virtual Ethics Seminar.

Title: Embracing Our Power to Care Kindly.
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. MST.
Presenters: Donald Langford, Dr. Jennine Wismark, Dr. Eleanor Stewart

This is a free event, registration is required via Eventbrite by May 13, 2022.

Session Description:

All of us work within systems of power. At times, power is evident; other times less so. How do we recognize when power is at work and, importantly, how do we navigate the power terrain while upholding cherished ethical values? In this Quarterly, we will have opportunity to survey the work of prominent thinkers on power and its various forms. Our speakers will share their perspectives on charting the path to ethical use of power.

Session Learning Goals:

  1. To learn about the types of power and how they relate to our work
  2. To recognize power in our various professional relationships
  3. To consider how to power is used thoughtfully, equitably and ethically


2021 Virtual Ethics Seminars

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Join us on November 30, 2021 for the Fall 2021 Virtual Ethics Seminar titled: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. MST

This is a free event, registration is required via Eventbrite by November 26, 2021.

Synopsis: Knowledge is important to our ability to provide services across health care, social services and education. But what constitutes “knowledge”? What is the connection between knowledge and information, belief and wisdom?

To explore the relevance of our ‘theories of knowing’ to our work we will address questions of how knowledge is generated, who decides it is justified, and how our interactions with other “knowers” plays out. Our presenters will use these ideas with illustrations from their respective fields to demonstrate how we can respectfully engage with the people we serve.


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 The Ethics & Discernment Centre is happy to host a virtual seminar and invites you to join us on June 22nd, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm MST. Title: "Trust During Uncertain Times".

Registration is free and everyone is invited to attend. Please register through Eventbrite by June 18, 2021 to receive the seminar joining details.

Synopsis: Trust can be seen through different lenses: psychological, sociological, theological, political, and philosophical. In each area there are tensions in defining the concept but recognition that trust is key to social relationships in health care, education, and social service.  What do we make of calls to trust in the midst of the chaos of the COVID pandemic? What does trust require? Who should we trust? When should we trust? These are matters of discernment. In this seminar we offer philosophical and theological reflections on these questions about trust in the context of our ministries during these difficult days.