Speaker Objectives

West Michigan Medical Ethics Conference
Waiting for a Miracle: Religion’s Role in Patient Decision Making
February 22, 2021

Speaker

David Vessey, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Grand Valley State University

Title: Waiting For a Miracle: The Big Picture

Objectives:

  •     Understanding the definition of a religiously influenced decision.
  •     Describe the usual steps of rational decision making.
  •     Identify Potential obstacles of communicating medical decision across religious communities.


Interfaith Panel:

Objectives:

  •     Identify different interfaith approaches to common situations faced in health care.
  •     Recognize respectful approaches to resolving cultural misunderstanding in medical decision making.


Panelists

P. Douglas Kindschi, PhD (Interfaith panel moderator) (New)
Executive Director
Kauffman Interfaith Institute


Rabbi David Krishef (New)
Congregation Ahavas Israel


Father Mark Przybysz, MA
Pastor
St Anthony of Padua

 
Fred Stella (Hindu and Buddhist expert)
West Michigan Hindu Temple in Ada
Pracharak /Temple Outreach Minister


Ali Metwalli, Ph.D.  Professor, College of Business
Western Michigan University


Bishop Dennis McMurry, D.Div.
Bishop, senior pastor
Renaissance Church of God in Christ


Speaker:

Joanna Bailey, MDiv, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s (Reflects Change)
Title: When Mystery, Hope, and Medicine Meet at the Bedside

Objectives:

  •     Recognize the importance of assessing and addressing religion and spirituality in clinical practice
  •     Describe factors that impede understanding and engagement with religion and spirituality

 

Expert Panel

Ana Iltis (Wake Forest University)
Ryan Nash (The Ohio State University)
David Vessey (GVSU)
Joanna Bailey (Spectrum Health) (Reflects Change)

Dave Rzeszutko, MD (Moderator)
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Spectrum Health


Objectives:

  •     define characteristics of a religious worldview.
  •     evaluate approaches to communicating the situation of patients with conflicting values.