Perspectives of Specific Religions

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Date(s) - 10/26/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


This seminar series, Seminars in Religion, Spirituality, Healthcare, and Ethics, will explore the role that religions and spirituality play in patients’ and family members’ understanding and experience of health and healthcare and how religion and spirituality are addressed in the healthcare setting. It will also explore how spiritual and religious beliefs contribute to patients’ understanding of health, illness, and healing, affect decision-making about health, and contribute to coping, distress, and healing. Additionally, because many patients require family members to make decisions, the seminars will explore how frameworks of health and illness affect the family. A medical ethics framework will be used to explore how clinicians incorporate their own beliefs as well as patient/family beliefs into clinical care.

This fifth session, Perspectives of Specific Religion, will explore Orthodox Judaism and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments, Jehovah’s witnesses and blood transfusions, and Catholics in birth control in the context of faiths that require or forbid specific interventions that are quite common in the United States.

The seminar’s co-facilitators are Amber Comer, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and Alexia Torke, MD, MS, Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The last seminar in this series will be held on November 16th from 6-8pm. Dinner will be served, and books will be provided. The seminar is seeking an interdisciplinary group of chaplains, clinicians (physicians, nurses, others), religious scholars, and social scientists with an interest in the intersection of religion/spirituality in healthcare. Interested graduate students and advanced medical trainees may also participate with permission of the co-leaders. Participants should RSVP to Sarah Rush at Sarah can also be contacted with any questions.