Dr. Lebacqz has been on the Pacific School of Religion faculty for over 30
years. Her life-long commitment to issues of social justice takes shape in three
primary areas of writing and teaching: professional ethics, bioethics
(especially questions around genetics and the Human Genome Project), and ethical
theory (particularly justice and questions of method in ethics). Her
publications include more than six books, among them Justice in An Unjust
World, Sex in the Parish, and the recent Ethics and Spiritual Care
co-authored with PSR Associate Professor Joseph D. Driskill. Her dozens of
essays in bioethics, feminist ethics, and sexual ethics have been published in
scientific journals, church magazines, and international contexts.
Dr. Lebacqz has served on the National Commission for the Protection of Human
Subjects; as a consultant to the Director of Health for the State of California;
as a member of the ELSI-based Genome Project at the Graduate Theological Union's
Center for Theology and Natural Sciences; as chair of the Ethics Advisory Board
of Geron Corporation; and on other policy-making boards and bodies. A former
President of the Society of Christian Ethics, she recently received an honorary
doctorate from Uppsala University in Sweden.
Ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Dr. Lebacqz is a member of
Mira Vista United Church of Christ in El Cerrito, California and has served as
seminary representative to the Justice and Witness Ministries board of the UCC
as well as on several other national task forces for her denomination. Her
denominational affiliation is embodied in a constant search for what difference
it makes to do ethics as a Christian from a liberal tradition that seeks to be
respectful of a wide range of other traditions. In addition to her commitment to
training future clergy, Dr. Lebacqz is very active in the Graduate Theological
Union doctoral program. She currently resides in Mendocino on the north coast of
California, and is active in Evergreen United Methodist Church in Fort Bragg.
She serves on the ethics committee of Mendocino Coast District Hospital.
During fall semester 2002, Dr. Lebacqz is teaching a new course on Ethics and
Leadership, combining her long-term interest in professional ethics with the
expertise of Jim Donahue, President of the Graduate Theological Union, on
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