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Multifaith Works, Swedish Medical Center partner for seminar on mortality
Multifaith Works, Swedish Medical Center partner for seminar on mortality
Best-selling author Wayne Muller to speak

How Shall I Live, Knowing I Will Die? It is a powerful question and one that we will all face, and yet one few will confront. For health care professionals, community pastors, social workers, volunteers and many others who interact with patients, clients, friends or family who have life-threatening illnesses, does their awareness of their own mortality impact and influence their work and their ability to offer comfort and guidance when it is most needed?

In an effort to prepare and educate all those involved in the life of someone who is dying, Multifaith Works and the Swedish Medical Center Department of Spiritual Care are sponsoring the annual Spiritual Care Day Seminar entitled, How Shall I Live, Knowing I Will Die? featuring best selling author Wayne Muller, on Friday, October 27th in Seattle, WA The seminar will be held at the Swedish Medical Center / First Hill Campus, Glaser Auditorium 747 Broadway Ave, Seattle, WA from 8:30 am to 3:45 pm.

The following is a quote from his book, How Then Shall We Live?

"For those close to death, it becomes instantly clear that everything they do in their remaining days is precious. Every conversation, every action, every choice is pregnant with meaning and value. Nothing is taken for granted, nothing wasted& Knowing we will die, how shall we live?" -- Wayne Muller

For over 25 years Muller, has incorporated both Christian and Buddhist philosophy into his life and teachings. As a therapist, speaker, minister and author of several books Wayne Muller has worked with people who have suffered abuse, alcoholism, poverty, illness and loss.

He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, the founder and president of Bread for the Journey, and founder of The Institute for Engaged Spirituality. He is also a Senior Scholar at the Fetzer Institute and Extended Faculty with the Institute of Noetic Sciences. His publications include, Legacy of the Heart; How Then Shall We Live? Four Simple Questions that Reveal the Beauty and Meaning of Our Lives; Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest, and his latest book, Learning to Pray: How We Find Heaven on Earth.

This interactive seminar will offer opportunities for the participants to explore and face their own mortality so they may live their lives more fully and help others to do the same. To facilitate this, there will be small group sessions in the afternoon with Wayne Muller, Dr. Thomas R. McCormick, University of Washington Department of Medical History & Ethics, and Bonnie Letinich MSW, LICSW, Coordinator of Palliative Care Program at Evergreen Healthcare in Kirkland. It will also feature a panel of individuals living with life-threatening illnesses who will speak about their experience and also help those confronted daily with death and helping.

All people are warmly invited to attend, including community volunteers, religious leaders, and health care professionals. To register, please contact Joan Wahlmeier at 206.386.3030 x44524 or joan.wahlmeier@swedish.org.



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