Advances in medical technology have expanded the options available for medical care. These options have made medical decision making increasingly complex. Patients, family members, pastoral care givers, and health care workers are regularly called upon to make choices that are spiritually taxing, financially momentous, and ethically difficult. This course will consider the challenges surrounding medical decision-making, from the ethics of reproduction, to legitimate forms of therapy and experimentation, to the morality of foregoing treatment, to the choices involved in end of life care. While some attention will be given to grand theories, the course will focus on the practical needs of those who must bear the burden of making the many, many decisions as they arise. THIS IS A THREE WEEKEND CLASS: JANUARY 4 & 5, JANUARY 11 & 12, AND JANUARY 18 & 19.