Religious Understandings of Hospice and Palliative Care

An Interfaith Conversation on End-of-Life Care

Date & Time:

Monday, March 10, 2014
7:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Free and open to the public


Woulfe Alumni Hall North (378A), Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

How do the various religious traditions understand what it means to have a good death?  What might we learn from our religious neighbors about what constitutes appropriate hospice and palliative care?  These questions and others will be discussed from Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim perspectives.  This program will be facilitated by Rabbi David Wirtschafter, the Jay Phillips Center's visiting scholar in Jewish Studies, and grew out of an interfaith reading group sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center and facilitated by Barbara Marincel, an intern-scholar with the Jay Phillips Center and graduate student in theology at St. Catherine University. 


Owais Bayunus is the past president of the Islamic Center of Minnesota and currently serves as the director of its interfaith activities.  He serves on the boards of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition and the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas, and he is the author of When Death Approaches, which instructs caregivers about end-of-life care for Muslim patients. 

Rabbi Amy Eilberg, a special consultant to the Jay Phillips Center, co-founded the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center, where she directed the Jewish Hospice Care Program, and she also co-founded and co-directed the Yedidya Center for Jewish Spiritual Direction.  She is nationally known as a leader of the Jewish healing movement and in the field of Jewish spiritual direction.

Joen Snyder O'Neal is an ordained Zen priest who received dharma transmission from Katagiri Roshi in 1989.  She teaches at Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center and has written on a number of topics from a Zen perspective, including end-of-life care.

Joan Olson is a board-certified chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis working with the Palliative Care team, a certified spiritual director through Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality, and has served as a supervisor for Sacred Ground’s spiritual director training program.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Master of Arts in Theology program at St. Catherine Universityand the Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas

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