United Methodist Church pastors and leaders are cordially invited to attend the Eighth Annual Clarian Health Leadership Ethics Lecture, "The Gift of the Wesleyan Spirit: Biomedical Theology and Ethics," on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium, 1701 N. Senate Blvd, Indianapolis.

The presenter will be Kenneth L. Vaux, D.Th. A reception will follow in the Methodist Hospital Noyes Pavilion Lobby. Jointly sponsored by the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Clarian Health Partners and the Methodist Health Foundation, this year's Leadership Ethics Lecture honors the 100th anniversary of the opening of Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis by celebrating the Wesleyan tradition of incarnational theology demonstrated in justice and care for the poor and sick.

Vaux currently serves as Professor of Theological Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and as a member of the graduate faculty at Northwestern University. He is Emeritus Professor of Ethics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Vaux's scholarly work engages the contemporary dialogue between religion and science and brings keen insights from Judeo-Christian thought into contact with science and medical ethics.

Among Vaux's many publications are: The First Bioethicist and Other Escapades (2006), Theology for Science (2006), Jew, Christian, Muslim: Faithful Unification or Fateful Trifurcation? Word, Way, Worship and War in the Abrahamic Faiths (2003), Dying Well (1996) and Death Ethics: Religious and Cultural Values in Prolonging and Ending Life (1992).