Interfaith Reflections on Death and Afterlife

Course Information:  Tuesdays, April 30-May 14, 2013 (3 sessions), 1:00-3:00 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Course Description:  This three-session course will consider preparation for death, how to die well, and beliefs on what comes after death, from the perspectives of three major religions:  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Registration fee for the series:  $40.00 per person

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Link to campus map:  St. Paul Campus Map

Course Instructors & Sessions:


April 30

Dr. Terry Nichols is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, where he teaches courses on Death and Afterlife, Theological Method, Introductory Theology and other courses.  He was Chair of the theology department from 2002-2006.  He also co-directs the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at UST (see website at  He has written a number of articles as well as three books:  Death and Afterlife:  A Theological Introduction (2010), The Sacred Cosmos (2003), and That All May Be One:  Hierarchy and Participation in the Church.

May 7 Rabbi Amy Eilberg is the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  After many years of work in pastoral care, hospice and spiritual direction, Rabbi Eilberg now directs interfaith dialog programs in the Twin Cities, including at the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and the St. Paul Interfaith Network.  She has taught the art of listening in venues throughout the country, and is deeply engaged in peace and reconciliation efforts in connection with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and with conflict within the Jewish community.  She now serves as co-chair of the Civility Campaign of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs.  She is currently working on a book on Judaism and peacemaking.

May 14


Sheikh Odeh Muhawesh is both a highly successful business leader and an accomplished scholar.  He has founded several businesses and is currently the CEO of Scorant LLC in Minneapolis.  A specialist in Islamic theology and modern Middle East history, he teaches courses on these subjects as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, where he also serves as an associate of the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center and a member of its board.


 Eilberg session supplemental resources:  Eilberg Reference Materials