Ethics & Discernment
Virtual Ethics Conference
Virtual Ethics Conference

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Please join us for the Covenant Health Ethics & Discernment Centre’s first virtual conference, March 22-25, 2021 from 11 am – 1 pm daily. Registration is free and everyone is invited to attend their choice of sessions.

We are living in a time where racism, the erosion of trust in societal institutions, polarizing politics and issues of ‘othering’ are rapidly escalating. These threats leave us and our communities diminished. And they are counter to the call to foster belonging and the vocation of the Common Good.

How ought we respond in these times? What can we do to foster belonging and connection? How shall we live in order to usher in peace, reconciliation and justice together?

Please join us as we examine these challenges through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and the call to foster belonging within and through Catholic institutions.


March 22, 2021 - Claims, bias and tensions concerning human dignity in Catholic health care - Access slides and session recording here 
Dr. Gordon Self, Chief Mission and Ethics Officer, Covenant Health
Jon Popowich, Chief Quality and Privacy Officer, Covenant Health

In this presentation, two executive leaders in Catholic health care reflect on the ethical imperative to uphold and defend human dignity, the need to identify where biases can distort our views, and discuss how we might overcome them with insights and courage.  Using discernment as a means to name and confront assumptions, they will also discuss what a pursuit of belonging calls us to do on both an incremental and large scale.

March 23, 2021 – Confronting Racism in Communities of Care: Trust, Respect and Accountability - Access slides, session recording & Reflection here
Meaghan Ellis, Corporate Lead, Mission and Ethics, Covenant Health
Remi Bolarinwa, Site Administrator, St. Therese Villa, Covenant Health

Following basic principles of respect, compassion and dignity, how can we encourage trusting relationships while challenging racism? In this presentation, the balance of advocating for ourselves and our communities, while confronting people with exhibiting racist behaviors will be discussed.  Using case examples, the speakers will explore racism and vulnerability within professional care environments.

March 24, 2021 - Solidarity - Access slides and session recording here
Dr. Eleanor Stewart, Clinical Ethicist, Covenant Health
Fr. Susai Jesu, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
Dr. Theresa Zolner, Clinical Director, Mercy Counselling

In this presentation, we will explore solidarity as a moral response to our interconnectedness. Solidarity calls us to act with our brothers and sisters to pursue justice and peace for all. How do we show solidarity with the varied groups of people we serve in Catholic ministries? Through our lived experiences, we will share individual, community and organizational responses that illustrate how solidarity guides us to create belonging in a fragmented world rife with racism and injustice.

March 25, 2021 - Reimagining Belonging: Participation as The Path to Wholeness - Access slides, & session recording
Bonnie Tejada, Director of Mission and Spirituality, Covenant Health
Joy Hurst, Manager of Patient Relations, Covenant Health

In this presentation, we will invite reflection on how organizations and communities can engage meaningful participant input. What is our obligation to engage participants in decision making related to the services they access? How can we address barriers to meaningful participation? Exploring these questions through a vision for belonging, we will engage the experiences of session participants to learn together.