Barnes Science and Faith Symposium: November 2015

In honor of the Grand Opening of the Crothers Science and Nursing Center, the 2015 Barnes Science and Faith Symposium looks at the ethical, religious, and spiritual aspects of end of life conversations and decisions. Caretakers, clinicians, and family members will all benefit from insights provided by uniquely qualified speakers; ranging from the theoretical to the practical to the very personal.

Keynote speaker, Dr. John Kilner, MDiv, AM, PhD 
"Life on the Line: The Dangers of Undertreating and Overtreating in
 End of Life Treatment Decisions"

  • Dr. Kilner is Director of the Bioethics Programs and the Franklin and Dorothy Forman Chair of Christian Ethics and Theology at Trinity International University in Chicago.
  • Interview and debate appearances include television venues NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, and PAX, newspaper venues New York Times, Washington Times, and Chicago Tribune, and radio venues NPR, Moody Broadcasting Network, and Salem Network.
  • Books include 2015's Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of GodWhy the Church Needs Bioethics: A Guide to Wise Engagement with Life's Challenges, and Biotechnology and the Human Good.


Distinguished Lecturer, Laura A. Hogan, RN, MS, NP, ACHPN 
"Religion, Spirituality, and End of Life Care"

  • Ms. Hogan is Senior Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. 
  • She lectures frequently on topics such as palliative care, pain assessment and management, grief and bereavement, end of life decision-making, and quality of life issues.
  • She has publications in PainThe Journal of Pain,Critical Care Medicine, The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and Palliative Care.


Scheduled Events

Monday, November 2

11:00 am  
Chapel: RWC School of Nursing
"A Call to Service: Stepping Out in Faith" 
  CLC - Hale Auditorium

1:00 pm Case Study: by Laura A. Hogan   RWC Students/Faculty only
3:30 pm Reception - light refreshments   CLC - Lower Atrium
4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecturer - Laura A. Hogan*:
"Religion, Spirituality, and End of Life Care"
  CLC - Shewan Recital Hall

6:00 pm Dinner   Pearce - Friendship Center
7:30 pm

Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Kilner*:
"Life on the Line: The Dangers of Undertreating
and Overtreating in End of Life Treatment Decisions"
  CLC - Shewan Recital Hall

Tuesday, November 3

10:50 am Case Study: by Dr. John Kilner                                      RWC Students/Faculty only

Wednesday, November 4

11:00 am   
Chapel: Louis Colon, Jr.
"End of Life: A Personal/Pastoral Perspective"            
 CLC - Hale Auditorium

*ASL Interpretation available upon request


Registration required for dinner and strongly recommended for all other events

   $15.00         Dinner
      Free           Any speaking event, and reception (registration requested for each)
                        (Case studies are open to Roberts students/ faculty only)



The Barnes Science and Faith Symposium was established in 2010
to explore issues of science and faith by:

  • Clearly presenting relevant scientific data relating to specific science-faith issues.
  • Articulating Christian perspectives of science-faith issues.
  • Expose the Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary communities to scholars, who are both well recognized scientists and devout Christians.
  • Encourage students to pursue rigorous academic careers