ICBC Reports and Study Guides

The Interchurch Bioethics Council has produced a number of resources on climate change, euthanasia, GM organisms, transgenics and biotechnology to encourage church members and the community to think about and discuss the ethical, theological, spiritual and cultural issues in the use of biotechnology.

Real Urgent and Personal: A Christian approach to global climate change. (PDF)
Report contains material suitable for group or individual study. (2008)

Where Do We Stand? (PDF)
A resource and study guide for church and community groups on the lifting of the moratorium on genetically modified organisms in New Zealand. (2003)

Making Good Decisions in Biotechnology: Stem Cell Research Cloning and Genetic information. (PDF)
A study guide for church groups.

Euthanasia: Unethical Intervention or Death with Dignity? (PDF)
A study resource prepared by ICBC. Includes study questions and bibliography for further reading.

Transgenics (DOC)
A paper from the perspective of the Interchurch Bioethics Council ICBC paper looking at the transfer of human genes into other organisms

Christian Spirituality and Bioethics: A Narrative Approach Based on the Metaphor of Journey (PDF)
MTheol Thesis – Graham O’Brien (2007)

It’s Life, Jim, but not as we know it (PDF)
Editorial by Graham O’Brien on the J. Craig Venter Institute’s  announcement of the creation of the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell.

The Euthanasia Debate…Why now? (PDF Summary of Seminar)
Summary by Helen Bichan of the seminar “The Euthanasia Debate…Why now?” held at Te Papa on April 8, 2011.

Perinatal Bioethics (PDF)
Summary by Joy McIntosh of the seminar “Perinatal Ethics Symposium” held at the University of Otago on the July 2, 2015

Mitochondrial Donation (PDF)
Research by Joy McIntosh