Webcast: Religious & Secular Approaches to Suffering and Healing

On Monday, Oct. 24, NOWCastSA webcast Conversations About Ethics: Religious & Secular Approaches to Suffering and Healing live from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Auditorium from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

A panel of experts moderated by TPR’s David Martin Davies presented on eastern, western and secular approaches to suffering and healing, their impact on healthcare and the ethical implications in treatment. Panelists included internationally recognized theologian, scholar and interfaith advocate Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Tibetan Buddhism scholar and meditation master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, and geriatrician/author Dr. Jerald Winakur.

During the live webcast, there were technical difficulties with the audio system in the Health Science Center auditorium that left some portions of the video without audio. Our staff and volunteers were able to restore audio to most of the video, which is now available here for you to watch any time. Due to the technical problems, we were unable to recover audio from the introductions and the first few minutes of Dr. Jerlad Winakur's presentation, and there are a few minutes of distorted audio during his presentation.  A complete transcript of Dr. Winakur's presentation is available online.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and lament any suffering these technical problems have caused.

"We are fortunate to have a panel of individuals who bring both a wealth of intellectual knowledge and personal experience in a way that we believe will enrich the listener and bring about further conversation," says Paul Parks, D.Min, ececutive director of the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health. "Our goal is that the dialog will begin on Monday night and will continue on long after the speakers leave.

"We are also fortunate to have Methodist Healthcare Ministries as the driving force behind programs like Conversations About Ethics. In their willingness to fund programs like this, we are able to partner with amazing organizations like the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Interreligious Council of San Antonio to foster community wide conversation about the important topics surrounding medical ethics."

Conversations About Ethics is a series of ethics discussions that are free and open to the public. The series is hosted by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health and the Interreligious Council of San Antonio, with funding from Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

Continuing Education credits are available for physicians, nurses, social workers, licensed professional counselors and clergy for the live activity only.

For more information, see http://www.conversationsaboutethics.org/.


Disclosure: This webcast is paid for by the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health through a grant from Methodist Healthcare Ministries. Amanda Evrard is a former member of the Conversations About Ethics planning committee.

As originally published, this article included an error.  The panel was moderated by David Martin Davies of TPR, not Dave Davies of NPR.

Click here to see a complete playlist of videos from the UTHSC Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics.