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 initiate action in spiritual development. We'll address some of the following questions:
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?
About Reimagine and the series "From Suffering to Spiritual Growth"
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
We all must process adversity, loss, and mortality.
But there are many pathways forward to transform life’s challenges into meaningful growth. This April, join us for the series “From Suffering to Spiritual Growth” to explore the key question: How might the hard things in life lead to a spiritual deepening?
This is for people of all faiths and no faith—and everyone in between. Together, we will learn about fundamental spiritual concepts and rituals to enhance our personal journeys; we will experience the inspiring stories of leaders who have found spirituality to navigate grief and loss; and, through participatory peer-led breakout sessions, we will be guided by a pastor, a Buddhist monk, and a rabbi to take action in our spiritual growth.
Soren Glassing is a 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.
Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz is Senior Associate Rabbi at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco where she has served since 1997. Reb Syd is also the Founder of 13th Tribe, a non-profit focused on creating innovative Jewish experiences through nature, art and ritual for anyone who is searching for pathways into Judaism. Her one woman show: "You May Think I'm Funny, But It's Not" opened at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco and is currently being workshopped for future shows. She serves on Reimagine’s advisory council and has appeared in numerous Reimagine events both in person and online.