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Theologian and Ethicist to Speak at Juniata College

(Posted March 25, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Ronald Cole-Turner, professor of theology and ethics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will speak at Juniata College on "Redesigning Our Humanity: Technological Possibilities and Religious Perspectives" at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Science Center on the Juniata campus.

The lecture, sponsored by the J. Omar Good Fund at Juniata College, is free and open to the public.

His talk will center on how humankind uses technology to modify the planet's biology and ecology in ways that are spiritually, morally and psychologically significant.
Cole-Turner is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. His area of interest focuses on how theology and ethics relate to developments in science and technology.

He joined the faculty at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as an associate professor in 1996. He was promoted to H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics in 1998. Prior to that he served on the faculty of the Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn., from 1985 to 1996. He also served as campus minister at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. from 1982 to 1985.

Cole-Turner is the author of "The New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution" and co-author of "Pastoral Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life." He also wrote the baptism hymn "Child of Blessing, Child of Promise."

He earned a bachelor's degree in literature from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. in 1971. He went on to earn a master's of divinity degree in 1974 and a doctorate in systematic theology in 1983, both from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.