BIOTECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR FAITH
Our Retreat Leader was Jaydee Hanson, Policy Director, International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) & Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Food Safety, Washington, DC. He directs CTA’s work on human genetics, including work on stem cell research, cloning, and gene/embryo patenting as well as the convergence of biotechnology and nanotechnology.
He coordinated the 1995 religious leaders’ statement opposing gene and animal patenting and chaired the NCC’s Exploratory Commission on the New Human Genetics and the NCC’s Eco-justice Working Group biotechnology.
He is a member of the WCC’s genetics and nanotechnology committees and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science and Religion Advisory Committee and the Ecumenical Roundtable on Science and Religion. As Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Food Safety he works on issues related to nanotechnology, animal cloning and animal genetic engineering.
For the International Center for Technology Assessment, a sister agency, he directs work on human genetics, synthetic biology, and
nanotechnology. He is the US co-chair for the Nanotechnology Task force of the Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue and from 1981 to 2004 he was an Executive with UMC Board of Church & Society as Director of Genetics and Bioethics
Music & Worship was provided by Jean and Jim Strathdee