The College of Theology, Arts & Humanities at Concordia-Chicago will welcome Dr. Gilbert Meilaender on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. as the next speaker in its Lectureship in Christianity, Humanities and Public Life. Meilaender will give his lecture on the topic, “How Shall We Think About Equal Human Dignity?”

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender

“Affirming the dignity of human persons, while lofty sounding, means different things to different people,” says Meilaender. “Because it can be used in support of opposing viewpoints, it is important to sort out and distinguish several different concepts of dignity. Only as we do so will we be in a position to affirm the equal dignity of human persons.”

Meilaender is a senior research professor at Valparaiso University and the author of many books and articles in the field of Christian ethics and bioethics. Additionally, he is co-editor (with William Werpehowski) of the Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics. He has served on the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, as an associate editor of Religious Studies Review, as a consultant editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and as an associate editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics. Meilaender taught at the University of Virginia, Oberlin College and Valparaiso University, where he held the Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics.

Established in the fall of 2021, the Lectureship in Christianity, Humanities and Public Life is a biannual series designed to explore the intersection of and tensions within the humanities, science and the Christian faith. It is generously funded by Dr. and Mrs. C. Ross Betts.

The free event will take place in the Chapel of Our Lord on Concordia-Chicago’s campus, located at 7400 Augusta St., River Forest, IL. The event will also be livestreamed at

Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure. Before attending this event, please review the University's COVID-19 webpage for the most recent information and protocols.