Examining religion and public life
In 2009 Rev. Nate met with executives at Monsanto to reflect upon how the field of biotechnology may be informed by the three principles of biomedical ethics: (1) nonmaleficence, do no harm; (2) beneficence, generous acts of doing good; and (3) distributive justice, achieved through the fair, equitable and appropriate distribution of food. In this context, he invited Monsanto employees to consider adopting the following oath:
I promise to use my expertise to help and not harm
people, animals, and the environment.
I promise to practice responsibly
the ancient ethic of stewardship and
the modern principle of sustainability by
affirming distributive justice as a moral obligation
to benefit the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.
Click here to read Rev. Nate's initial questions to the CEO of Monsanto; scroll down to watch the sermon he gave just before meeting executives at Monsanto; and click here for a summary of Monsanto's response. And click here to read the feature article about this process published in the UU World.