Guidelines:

  1. We hold a higher ideal of human existence than simple usefulness (utility) or benefit in the present. Genesis 1:27
  2. We uphold the inherent dignity of human life that must not be reduced to the status of a commodity. Psalm 139:13-14
  3. We uphold life as a gift from God, therefore decisions on birth, life and death are understood in light of God’s providential care. Romans 8:38-39
  4. We experience our human relationship to creation as servanthood not exploitation in recognition of the interdependence of all creation under God. Genesis 1:28-31
  5. We carefully and comprehensively consider benefits and/or harm to all of creation both now and in future.
    1. We share responsibility for the common good of all people and creation. (Matthew 5:43-48) (Matthew 22:34-40)
    2. The interactive matrix of creation requires careful reflection and protection
  6. We pay particular attention to the implications for the poor, the marginalized, the weakest.as we seek to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Michah 6:8
  7. We advocate and nurture dialogue across the whole community to ensure all voices are heard and considered.
  8. We seek in-depth reflection that exposes underlying commitments and misleading or over-simplifying rhetoric of interested parties.
  9. We promote sufficient time for ethical reflection (kairos) against the pressures of technological and/or market time.
  10. We commit to regular re-evaluation of these guidelines in light of ongoing technological changes and the insights and concerns of specific religious traditions.

Adapted from: Guidelines – Biotechnology Reference Group,
Canadian Council of Churches

Canon Linda Nicholls
Coordinator for Dialogue,
Anglican Church of Canada