Speaking

Invite Barbara Golder to speak at your next event!

If you’d like to ask Barbara to speak at your next event or facilitate a retreat, send an email to her at ladydoclawyer@gmail.com. Include details of the event (place, date, time, estimated audience) and the topic you would like her to address. Check out her list of suggested topics below, or feel free to propose your own.

The intersection of law, medicine, bioethics and the Catholic faith provides a fertile field for conversations on a variety of topics.  Please contact Dr. Golder for a current list of additional prepared presentations. If you don’t see a topic below that suits your needs, feel free to propose one that does.

If your book club is reading any of the Lady Doc mysteries, contact Dr. Golder about joining you via Skype for a discussion.

Bioethics/Healthcare in Catholic Life:

Most requested:  What Catholics Must Know About Assisted Suicide

Recent legal decisions have made it clear that legally sanctioned physician assisted suicide is the newest front in the struggle with the Culture of Death.  Early Christian life provides a model for Catholics to lead society to a world where euthanasia may not be illegal, but it is unthinkable– a change that comes only through powerful witness, one person at a time.  This talk will explore the legal climate that has made assisted suicide possible as well as the cultural changes that have made it desirable to so many and the steps we can take as Catholic to change both.

Additional Topics: Understanding bioethical principles is increasingly important in daily life, from managing end of life decisions to deciding what emerging medical treatments are consistent with Catholic thought. Presentations include physician assisted suicide/euthanasia, end of life care as a Catholic, what to know to make health care decisions as a Catholic, cooperation with evil and modern medicine (vaccines), developing a consistent ethic of life, and social justice aspects of medical care and treatment decisions.

Law and the Faith: Threats to Religious Freedom

Increasingly, American culture presents a threat to long accepted principles that foster religious freedom.  This presentation reviews the legal basis for religious freedom in America, reviews some of the more recent cases that have threatened free exercise of faith and outlines actions that we can take to protect our right to live out our Catholic faith in the public square.

 

The Catholic Imagination: Seeing the “Catholic” in Everyday Life–and “Stealth” Evangelization

The Catholic way of viewing life–and faith–is incarnational: God communicating to His people through the material world.  As a result, Catholics see and celebrate God in the most mundane circumstances.  When Catholics recognize this gift and learn to anticipate God in everyday circumstances, new opportunities for spiritual growth, relationship, and evangelization open up.

 

The Spirituality of Catholic Women: What Jane Wallace Can Teach You About Faith

Medical examiner/lawyer and Catholic, Jane Wallace, star of the Lady Doc series, is quite a weapon in “stealth evangelization.” Enjoy the stories of her struggles with her remarkable career, her faith and her family as she copes with revenge, mercy, forgiveness, community and the dignity of every human life and come to a new appreciation of how living out the Catholic faith—even imperfectly–can have an extraordinary effect on your own faith and that of others.

Every Catholic an Apostle:  What a Fortune 500 Company Taught me About Evangelism

Spending eight years as a middle manager in a Fortune 500 Company was an adventure for someone who had never been exposed to the rigors of corporate life.  The experience provided both uncomfortable conflict and the opportunity for Catholic witness. The presentation explores how business life and personal life can integrate, not just conflict—and the surprising way that some business principles can enhance everyday Catholic life.

Conversion Story: This Tremendous, Patient Lover

Dr. Golder’s journey into the Catholic faith took 55 years and several interesting turns from her Methodist roots through the Jewish faith and into the Episcopal Church before coming home to Rome. She describes it as the wooing of a tremendous, patient Lover.