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Lebanon Valley College to Host Sustained Interfaith Dialogues on the Topic of Death
02.24.14 |
Individuals from six different faith communities will consider their various responses to death at Lebanon Valley College's Sustained Interfaith Dialogues in Miller Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a light pizza lunch.

Dr. Matthew Sayers, assistant professor of religion at Lebanon Valley College, will lead the conversation by asking panelists for a brief description of ritual practices related to death. An open time for questions will follow the response, during which the panel may consider issues such as scriptural resources for the grieving process or other matters of interest raised by those in attendance.

The dialogue will involve a panel of six religiously active members of the community who represent different faiths: Rabbi Paula Reimers of Congregation Beth Israel, Jay Deshpande from the Hindu community, Father Job Foote of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Irshad Jaffri from Lebanon Valley Mosque, Rev. Shellie Sterner from the United Methodist Church and Osho Virginia Parkum from Blue Mountain Lotus Society.

The dialogue is the second of three such events to focus on the overarching topic of death and the afterlife. Panelists remain consistent such that the conversation may be "sustained" and their respective ideas may become familiar to participants. Community members need not have attended the first dialogue in the series to attend the February 25 dialogue.

The panel will consider healthy perspectives on death at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25. Each event takes place in the lobby of Miller Chapel.

Sustained Dialogues are conducted at colleges and universities across the United States. The dialogues at LVC are designed to enhance religious literacy and further the mission of the College "to enable our students to become people of broad vision" and "to enhance their sensitivity to and appreciation of differences among human beings." More information about Sustained Dialogues can be found at

LVC's Offices of Spiritual Life and Multicultural Affairs, as well as its Department of Religion & Philosophy, are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public. To register, call 717.867.6135 or e-mail

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