- We hold a higher ideal of human existence than simple usefulness (utility) or benefit in the present. Genesis 1:27
- We uphold the inherent dignity of human life that must not be reduced to the status of a commodity. Psalm 139:13-14
- 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
- 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
- We carefully and comprehensively consider benefits and/or harm to all of creation both now and in future.
- We share responsibility for the common good of all people and creation. (Matthew 5:43-48) (Matthew 22:34-40)
- The interactive matrix of creation requires careful reflection and protection
- 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
- We advocate and nurture dialogue across the whole community to ensure all voices are heard and considered.
- We seek in-depth reflection that exposes underlying commitments and misleading or over-simplifying rhetoric of interested parties.
- We promote sufficient time for ethical reflection (kairos) against the pressures of technological and/or market time.
- 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