Genetic Frontiers: Challenge to Humanity and Our Religious Traditions
National Conference for Community and Justice
In 1986, the Muslim, Christian, Jewish â€œTrialogâ€ Leadership Forum was formed to â€œpromote understanding and education amongst all races and religions of the metropolitan Detroit area through year-long discussions and an annual symposium.â€ Topics for discussion are chosen yearly; however, the topic of â€œGenetic Frontiersâ€, being a diverse and expansive one, will take place over a three-year period. The theme for 2002 was â€œChallenge to Humanity and Religion: Human Genome Project;â€ for 2003, â€œEnvironmental Engineering;â€ and for 2004, â€œTransgenic Issues: Human Genes in Plant and Animal Research.â€ Comprised of laypersons, clergy, and scholarâ€™s groups meeting throughout the year to discuss the chosen topic, the discussion culminates in the symposium â€“ which joins together these groups to share each religionâ€™s viewpoint. Speakers during the symposium represent each of the religions of the â€œtrialogâ€. Matching funds are provided by the Detroit chapter of NCCJ.