The Fundamentals of Moral Decision-Making: Teaching Controversial Topics in the Classroom

Date(s) - July 11, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Mark's College

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Professional Development Workshop:

In this morning session, we will explore how we make moral decisions in the context of the Catholic tradition. Some aspects of decision-making include the four sources for moral theological reflection (Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience), the development of a mature and well-informed conscience, and the aspects of judging moral action. We will also consider some cases of controversial moral topics that might arise in the classroom. The sessions are planned as an introduction to moral theological reflection and are therefore suitable for all who are curious and interested.

Cost: $50.00

Speaker – Doris M. Kieser, PhD

Doris M. Kieser, PhD is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta. She is also Associate Adjunct Professor at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. She teaches and publishes in the areas of moral theology, healthcare ethics, sexuality, women and spirituality, the body and theology, death/dying/culture, and religious education.

Dr. Kieser’s work reflects a particular commitment to social justice and the wellbeing of females. Her book Catholic Sexual Theology and Adolescent Females: Embodied Flourishing is an interdisciplinary exploration of adolescent female sexuality in light of the Catholic theological tradition. Her current projects include an investigation into notions of purity in the Jewish and Christian traditions and histories, particularly as they pertain to female bodies, sexuality, and menstruation. She is also undertaking research into the perceptions of the Catholic community of the sexual abuse crisis in the Church.

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