Vancouver School of Theology

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IPI5/717 – Inter-religious Seminar: Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying

View outline (PDF)   Instructor(s): Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

This course offers an opportunity to receive credit for attending and participating in VST’s Inter-Religious Studies Conference on the theme “Spiritual Perspectives on Death and Dying,” May 22-24, 2018.

Over the last century, medical care has increasingly provided a key cultural framework for understanding death and dying. Technological innovation has prolonged life, but also hidden the reality and inevitability of death. In the process, wisdom about death and dying transmitted through spiritual traditions has been pushed to the margins. More recently, there have been calls to recover that wisdom, teach it widely, and understand its application to contemporary life. At this conference, we will respond to that call.

Two additional class meetings (All day Friday May 11 and June 1) will held to discuss writings by the keynote speaker, selected conference papers, and our own responses.

Note: Conference attendance is mandatory.  However, the additional 2 classes can be joined via Adobe Connect for off-site students.

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