Let’s Take Action: Spiritual Grief & Growth
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Join Buddhist chaplain Soren Glassing, Reimagine board member Pastor Corey Kennard, and Rabbi Sydney Mintz as they guide us in taking meaningful steps towards growth when facing grief and spiritual crisis. Following their insightful dialogue, we invite you to participate in peer-led breakout groups to discuss various aspects of spiritual grief and growth:
If one definition of trauma is a disruption of core belief systems, what is that for you in relation to the loss of a family member?
Can you share any insights about yourself resulting from the grief you're experiencing? What have you learned about yourself? Can you name at least one new opportunity or see one new pathway that has cleared?
What can you do to regulate these difficult emotions? What are some examples of mindfulness practices?
Can you name an act of service to help others facing a similar grief?
Engage in this powerful conversation and find strength through spiritual growth and community support.
About Reimagine and the Spiritual Grief & Growth Series
Reimagine's mission is to help all people face adversity, loss, and mortality, and channel the hard parts of life into meaningful action and growth. www.letsreimagine.org
When facing a spiritual crisis after the loss of a loved one, what steps can we take – both large and small – to move forward?
Join Reimagine in this three-part series as we explore facets of grief and growth from diverse spiritual and religious perspectives. How do we navigate the loss of family members, both biological and "logical"? This includes children, parents, elders, siblings, and others who we consider kin. What kinds of spiritual crises accompany grief, particularly when mourning traumatic deaths? When your core belief systems are shattered, how can you facilitate growth if you’ve lost a family member AND you’ve lost your faith?
Soren Glassing is a former Zen Buddhist monk, and Staff Chaplain at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center. He is the head chaplain on the Palliative Care team and also works on the psychiatric unit. He has been practicing Zen since 1985 both in America (at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji) and in Japan (at Shogenji, Gifu-Ken) and was the head monk and co-director of the Zen Studies Society in New York City. He began training as a chaplain in 2008 with The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and completed his training as a resident chaplain at New York Presbyterian Hospital in 2012. Soren leads ongoing weekly meditation, spirituality, and various support groups throughout the hospital. He teaches spirituality in the healthcare setting to new medical students, mentors residents and fellows, and teaches clinicians ways to reduce stress and burnout on the job. For the past several years Soren has presented several 90 minute workshops and Personal Development Intensives at the Association for Professional Chaplain annual convention, and has taught webinars on Buddhism and the contemplative arts. He lives in New York City.
Corey L. Kennard
Corey Kennard is Pastor of Amplify Christian Church, healthcare activist, spiritual life coach, and serves on the board of directors at Reimagine. Corey has been involved in the healthcare field for over 20 years with over a decade of experience in the areas of palliative care and hospice. His holistic approach serves as the foundation for his desire to see all human beings treated with dignity, honor, and respect in all facets of life. He currently seeks to enhance the patient and family experience in healthcare settings.
Corey was instrumental in creating a teaching module for understanding spirituality at the end of life for African-Americans for Duke University's Institute on Care at the End Of Life (ICEOL) national training program. Corey served as a National Advisory Board Member for The Hospice Foundation of America, and was a co-director of a Community Faith "Advance Care Planning'' Project for the University of Virginia. He was the recipient of the Michigan Chronicle's Men of Excellence Award as being one of the Top 50 Most Influential African-American Men in the Metropolitan Detroit Region.
Corey is the author of Goliath Must Fall and Hamburgers and a Holy Man. He shares his life’s work with his wife Kristen, and they are the blessed parents of three wonderful children – Kayla Ariana, Kourtney Lael, and Corey Lynn II.
You can connect with Corey on Twitter, and Instagram.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz is Senior Associate Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco where she has served since her ordination in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is the founder of Emanue-El’s award-winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004. Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Reb Syd became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.