For more information on our program, please view the following page: “Religions of Des Moines”
- Norma Hirsch, Professor of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University
- Eugene Kiruhura, pastor of the Urban Heights Covenant Church
- Tanka Dhital, president of the Hindu Cultural and Educational Center
- Nijaz Valjecvic, imam at Ezan Islamic and Educational Center
Thursday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Iles Funeral Homes, Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave, Des Moines
Among other questions, the panel seeks to explore beliefs about what happens after death and practices concerning what must be done before and after death. Representatives of three different local refugee communities will explore these beliefs and practices from the perspectives of their religious traditions: Bhutanese Hinduism, Bosnian Islam, and Congolese Christianity. The panelists will focus particularly on the tensions between traditional theologies and rituals of death, and the way in which death has increasingly become the domain of medicine and law.
The Ritualization of Death: The Journey from the Living-living to the Living Dead in African Religions
Director of the Practical Theology Programme, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
“A Time to Be Born, and a Time to Die” (Ecclesiastes 3:2): A Jewish View of the Modern Medical Complexities of Dying
Elliot Dorff is Rector and Distinguished Service Professor at American Jewish University and Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He served on three federal commissions on matters of health care and now serves on a commissions on matters of health care and now serves on a commission for the State of California. He is the author of Matters of Life and Death: A Jewish Approach to Modern Medical Ethics.
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