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Visions of the End Times: An Inter-Religious Conference

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Posted on January 23, 2017 by Shannon

May 23-25, 2017 • Vancouver School of Theology

As a collective, we are actively thinking about end-times. Our anxieties about war, disruptive world orders, extremism and climate change signal a societal uneasiness regarding a potential apocalypse. In pop culture, stories are told about zombies, vampires, earth-destroying comets, and nuclear war. Religions traditions, too, address the apocalypse. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all try to put a positive spin on the idea of “end times,” teaching that after the world as we know it ends, things are going to be better. In this conference, participants will explore traditional and popular expressions of the end-times. Keynote speaker Dr. Lionel Corbett of Pacifica Graduate Institute will address the psychology of religious fundamentalism and apocalyptic thinking.

Regional scholars from multiple religious traditions and disciplines will offer short, varied presentations in the conference theme. Local sacred writing teacher Ray McGinnis will lead a writing workshop where participants can personally explore conference learnings. The workshop will add an interactive, experiential component, as suggested by last year’s attendees.

Everyone is welcome to attend the keynote address, which is free and open to the public. Attendance at the scholarly presentations and writing workshop is by registration only. For more information and registration contact Laura Duhan Kaplan

Lionel Corbett received his Medical Degree from the University of Manchester, England, in 1966; served as a military physician; and became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1974. Dr. Corbett has studied various spiritual disciplines including Christian and Jewish mysticism, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, and Yoga and has had a personal meditation practice for 20 years. He now teaches depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute near Santa Barbara, California, where he founded the Psyche and the Sacred program, a highly successful series in its 5th year that integrates spirituality with depth psychology.

To register, please click here.

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