“Spirituality in a Time of Crisis” FB Live Three-Part Interfaith Panel Series

COVID-19 has affected all of us in ways that we would not have imagined just a few months ago. As we all work to cope with this challenge, we offered a three-part series titled Spirituality in a Time of Crisis. This interfaith series, featuring female religious leaders as panelists in recognition of Women’s History Month, discussed how to take a step back, reflect, and understand not only our current situation and the world outside but also ourselves and those we love.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020: Coping with Crisis

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How does one begin to cope with a crisis? How can we understand the emotions that accompany crisis and know how to care for ourselves during times of great stress? The first panel in our series explores the nature of our reactions to stress, and how religious traditions help their followers make sense of the world during a major crisis.

Speakers: ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi (Muslim), Bat Sheva Miller (Jewish), Lakshmi Subramanian (Hindu), Sister Marianne Farina (Christian), and Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi (Buddhist). Facilitator: ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan.

Thursday, March 26th, 2020: Building and Inspiring Fellowship and Community in a Time of Crisis

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In times of crisis, news reports are full of stories about neighbors and strangers going out of their way to share food, rescue pets, locate loved ones, and help rebuild what has been lost. In our second panel, we seek to understand how religious traditions contribute to the displays of compassion, altruism, and creative solution-seeking that blossom when disaster strikes communities.

Speakers: ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi (Muslim), Rabbi Amy Eilberg (Jewish), Lakshmi Subramanian (Hindu), Reverend George Anne McDonnell (Christian), and Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi (Buddhist). Facilitator: ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020: Reflecting on Gratitude and Faith in a Time of Crisis

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Religious traditions can teach us a lot about the importance of gratitude as a foundation of our life, even—or perhaps especially—in times of crisis. By funneling our emotions into positive action, we grow our empathy with others. In our third and final installment of this series, we learn helpful techniques that allow us to slow down and recognize and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives.

Speakers: ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali (Muslim), Rabbi Melanie Aron (Jewish), Sheila Mohan (Hindu), Dianne Muller (Christian), and Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi (Buddhist). Facilitator: ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan.

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