Waiting for a Miracle: Religion's Role in a Patient's Decision-Making

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Welcome to the 3rd Annual West Michigan Medical Ethics Conference!

We're pleased to have you join us for this event. We have provided early access to the conference welcome page to allow participants to explore the program and view poster presentations.

Your Zoom Link

Ethics Conference Zoom Link       (Webinar Passcode: 119915)

Or by phone:

1 (301) 715-8592    Phone Webinar ID: 843 4143 3219   Phone Passcode: 119915




2:00 p.m.


Jean Nagelkerk, PhD, FNP, FNAP
Vice Provost for Health, Grand Valley State University

2:05 - 2:35


David Vessey, PhD, 
Professor of Philosophy, Grand Valley State University

2:35 - 3:20

Interfaith Panel Discussion

Moderator: P. Douglas Kindschi, PhD, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Grand Valley State University


Rev. Mark Przybysz, MA, St. Anthony of Padua Church, Grand Rapids Diocese
Bishop Dennis McMurray, DDiv, Renaissance Church of God in Christ
Ali Metwalli, PhD, Western Michigan University 
Rabbi David J.B. Krishef, Congregation Ahavas Israel 
Fred Stella, West Michigan Hindu Temple

3:20 - 3:30


3:30 - 4:00


Rev. Joanna Bailey, MDiv 
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s

4:00 - 5:00

Expert Panel

Moderator: Dave Rzeszutko, MD, Spectrum Health

Ana S. Iltis, PhD (Colloquy Speaker)
Carlson Professor of University Studies; Professor of Philosophy;
Director of the Center for Bioethics, Health and Society 
Wake Forest University

Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM (Colloquy Speaker)
Director, The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics; 
Director, Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Education
& Anatomy; Hagop S. Mekhjian, M.D. Chair in Medical Ethics & Professionalism 
The Ohio State University

David Vessey, PhD
Rev. Joanna Bailey, MDiv


Event concludes at 5:00 p.m.

(NOTE: If you are attending the evening Colloquy at 6:00 p.m. please look for a separate Welcome E-mail for that event.)

Notes and Reminders

This event is offered via Zoom webinar.  The Zoom link will be posted to this page on Monday - the day of the event.

If for some reason you don't seem to have a good connection when you join (i.e. audio not syncing with video), you might want to leave the session and then join again.

We encourage participants to submit questions for the speakers while they are presenting.  Only the speakers and moderators will see the questions.

You may review the speaker bios, posters, and continuing education information by selecting the light blue boxes above.



Late Registration - DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

Late registration Link

If you did not register for our evening DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy and would like to do so now, please use the link below to complete a quick registration form. The link to the Colloquy Welcome page (and Zoom link)  will be sent in your confirmation e-mail. The event is free and open to the public.  

You may also send an e-mail to Brian Ulrich at ulrichbr@gvsu.edu at any time during the afternoon session and he will be happy to send you the link.



Save the Date!

September 27, 2021 - 6 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.

DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy

September 27, 2021

"Triage and the Allocation of Scarce Resources"

Our speakers will be Dr. Bernard Lo of the Greenwall Foundation, and Dr. Scott Halpern from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Information on registration will be sent out soon via e-mail.

Questions may be directed to Diane Dykstra a dykstrdi@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-5876.

Thank you to this evening's sponsor!

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Care Network of Michigan