The Ethics Groups is for members of the Unitarian Universalist Collegium who study ethics or moral philosophy or principles.

The current mascot for this group is Antoinette Blackwell (1825 - 1921), a women's rights activist and social reformer, was the first American woman to be ordained as minister by a congregation. Always ahead of her time, she with great difficulty broke trails that other women later more easily followed. She wrote prolifically on religion and science, constructing a theoretical foundation for sexual equality. For instance, in an exegesis of 1 Corinthians 14:34, which was published in the Oberlin Quarterly Review, she claimed that, in asking women to be silent in church, St. Paul meant only to warn against excesses in public worship. Her article was accompanied by a professor's rebuttal, defining women's rights and duties more conservatively.

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  • I co-chair my hospital's Bioethics Committee and have become an in-house resource for practitioners across the spectrum. In particular, I have become an expert in End-of-Life issues where the medical implications of how and when we provide care are heavily influenced by the answers to why we are providing care. The multi-valued confluence of medical and cultural values arising at the end of life require skilled discernment including a grounding in the ethical systems active in the process.

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