“Pay attention. Be Astonished. Tell about it.” This stanza from Mary Oliver’s poem “Sometimes” is at the core of being aware, living in the “Now” and thinking ethically. Kathy and Ira teach medical students about ethical thinking and moral imagination versus risk aversion. Moral imagination means envisioning the full range of possibilities, including new and creative alternatives in a particular situation, in order to solve an ethical challenge. Acting morally requires more than just strength of character; it requires compassion, empathy and the awareness to discern what is morally relevant in a given situation. Join Kathy and Ira to elevate your moral imagination, creativity and moral courage as we seek to act more ethically in society.
Kathy Meacham, Ph.D., is the Course Co-Director of Ethics & Humanism at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Asheville Campus. She is a Professor Emerita in Philosophy from Mars Hill University, with academic degrees from Temple University (Ph.D. and M.A.), Harvard University (Ed.M.), and Eckerd College (B.A.)
Ira Sloan, M.D., is the Course Co-Director of Ethics & Humanism at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Asheville Campus. He is a semi-retired Psychiatrist, licensed in NC. He is Emeritus Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor, Evanston Hospital, for Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Sloan earned his B.A and M.D. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and Chicago. Ira also teaches at the OLLI College for Seniors on magic, balloon sculpting and medically-related topics.
Are you renting out too much space in your head on a grievance that the other person has long forgotten? Do you have a hard time forgiving yourself? Do you have regrets? Would you like to live a healthier more resilient life with more joy and hope?
Lyndon will present an evidence-based wellness approach to the practice of forgiveness – what it is, what it is not, how to do it, and why it’s good for you and good for the world. A recent study suggests that forgiveness is good for our health on a par with quitting smoking!
Don’t miss this Forgiveness 101 discussion. You may not forgive yourself! 🙂
Lyndon Harris is a forgiveness teacher and coach, an inspirational and motivational speaker, and is co-authoring a workbook on forgiveness for people in recovery. His work at Ground Zero as priest-in-charge of Saint Paul’s Chapel (located directly across from the World Trade Center in New York City) and his personal experiences therefrom have been written about widely and featured in the award-winning documentary, “The Power of Forgiveness.”
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.