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Visions of the End Times: An Inter-Religious Conference

Visions of the End Times: An Inter-Religious Conference

Visions of the End Times: An Inter-Religious Conference

7:00 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017 to 5:00 pm Thursday, May 25, 2017
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Vancouver School of Theology

6015 Walter Gage Road
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Anxious about war, disruptive world orders, extremism, and climate change? Looking for hope? Religious traditions and popular culture have much to say!

Visions of the End Times: An Inter-Religious Conference

May 23 – May 25, 2017

“Eschatology” – study of the end times – appears in religious concepts of messianic hope, a day of judgment, and perfection of the soul. “Eschatology” influences secular approaches to utopia, activism, militarism, and appears in popular depictions of zombies, catastrophes, and interstellar encounters. Study this important trend with us this May!

Conference highlights include:

Keynote address (free and open to the public): Psychology of Apocalyptic Thinking, Fundamentalism and Religious Violence, Dr. Lionel Corbett, Pacifica Graduate Institute (Tuesday May 23, 7:00 pm, Epiphany Chapel, UBC)

Creative scholarly discussions: Sixteen regional scholars will speak about eschatology in sacred texts, film, popular music, and contemporary culture. A group discussion will follow each presentation. (Wednesday May 24 & Thursday May 25, registration required; breakfast and lunch included.)

Panel of Religious Leaders: Five local religious leaders will speak about Visions of the End Times in their tradition, followed by small group community discussions. (Wednesday afternoon May 24; registration required.)

Writing Into Hope: A Sacred Writing Workshop: An opportunity to process, through creative writing, the powerful information presented at the conference. Led by sacred writing teacher Ray McGinnis. (Thursday May 25; registration required.)

To register, please click here.

The schedule for the conference can be found here.

The full conference packet, which includes abstracts, bios, and the Inter-Religious Studies Program update, can be found here.

Questions? Please contact Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan at ldkaplan@vst.edu

**Want more information about our keynote speaker: Dr. 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. Dr. Corbett is the author of four books: Psyche and the Sacred; The Religious Function of the Psyche; The Sacred Cauldron: Psychotherapy as a Spiritual Practice, and most recently The Soul in Anguish: Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Suffering.**

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