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An Interfaith Panel: Wisdom Perspectives on Life and Death

  • Chrysalis Gathering Space 3527 Ellwood Avenue Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Dying and the end of life are difficult topics to discuss. Yet all the major religions and faith traditions have something to say about our individual and collective mortality. Some speak about what dying has to do with living and what living has to do with dying. Others reflect on levels of awareness, of being and of spirit transcending consciousness.

Is dying about “enlightenment” or “coming home” to one’s “true self”? What are the wisdom teachings about living fully and dying gracefully? What are the common threads and where are the underlying differences in how the great faith traditions speak to us about the non-duality of life and death?

Join us for a stimulating “interfaith” panel conversation where representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Native American traditions compare their perspectives. Christopher Corts from the University of Richmond will moderate this timely and relevant event.

Christopher Corts is an Associate Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Virginia School of Law. His scholarship interests reside at the intersection of professional identity, culture, and ethics.

Jacqueline Pogue is the founder of Central Virginia’s Coalition for Quality End of Life Care. She has been a teacher and student of Buddhism for 40 years, studying under such teachers as Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

Imad Damaj, Ph.D., is the President of the Virginia Muslim Coalition for Public Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacology at VCU. He speaks often on interfaith matters and was the recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

Rev. Dr. Cathie Stivers is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, and a former pediatric chaplain. She was a scholar at Stephen Jenkinson’s Orphan Wisdom School (2011-2014), and has since then continued her studies and writings in indigenous ways of being in the world. Her nearly-completed book, Reviving Our Indigenous Souls: How to Practice the Ancient to Bring in the New, will be available in 2018.

The Rev. Gary D. Jones, is the rector of St. Stephen’s, one of the largest and most vibrant parishes in the Episcopal Church. He credits his formative experiences with the Society of St. John the Evangelist for delving more deeply into the contemplative dimension of the Gospel.

Viju Singh was born in Mumbai, India and received her degree in Engineering. She is of the Hindu faith tradition and is married to a Sikh. She brings a lay person's perspective on the Hindu faith.

Lisa Halberstadt's interest in the intersection of mindfulness and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  Lisa offers Jewish Meditation classes in the Richmond community and will bring a Jewish perspective to death and dying.

$25 Members
$35 Non-Members
$60 Non-Members (Admission + 1 Year Membership worth $50)

Tuesday, November 7th
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm