Being with Dying and Death

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Being with Dying & Death

July 18-20, 2019

Explore important aspects of being with the dying and death from multi-disciplinary perspectives.  Our three-day journey begins with spiritual care near the End of Life with Herbert Anderson, PhD, the author of 13 books including The Divine Art of Dying,and other world-class instructors to give you practical clinical and personal tools for being with dying and death, professionally and personally.


You will also learn about:

·      Spiritual agenda of dying

·      Engaged spirituality through poetry and the language of death

·      Grieving, empathy and forgiveness

·      Advance Healthcare Directives

·      Medical-aid-in-dying and “death with dignity”

·      Contemplative self-care, mourning and lament in Nature


All spiritual traditions and philosophies are welcome.   You will come away from this ground-breaking class with a better understanding of your own thoughts and feelings about death and tools to help you better work with the dying while you take care of yourself.


Who should take this class?  Chaplains, hospice volunteers, nurses, physicians, therapists and anyone who is faced with dying at home.


About the Faculty:


Rev. Herbert Anderson, PhD, is a retired professor of pastoral care living in Sonoma, California. After being a parish pastor in California and a hospital chaplain in New Jersey, Herbert Anderson began his teaching career at Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall of 1969. He has also taught at Yale Divinity School, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry, two Lutheran seminaries and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In addition, Anderson is Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago where he taught for 15 years. Anderson was Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington from 2001-2004. Anderson is a Lutheran pastor with an ecumenical spirit fostered by working in a variety of contexts.

Anderson is the author or co-author of over 100 articles and 13 books on topics such as death and grief, family living, ritual and narrative, empathy, leaving home and living alone, men’s spirituality, suicide, outpatient care, hospitality, and ‘sense and nonsense in the wisdom of Dr. Seuss’. His most recent book was co-authored with Karen Speerstra and is entitled The Divine Art of Dying: How to Live Well While Dying. This book was the 2014 Gold Winner from INDIEFAB. It also received the 2015 Gold Winner award and Best of Small Press from the Nautilus Book Award. A book co-authored with Kenneth Mitchell, All Our Losses, All Our Griefs, is generally regarded as a classic in grief literature. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Congress in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Anderson is a nationally and internationally known speaker in the areas of bereavement, family, care of the dying, and pastoral and practical theology.  


Ven. Longyun (aka Zhiyun Cai), BCC, Ph.D. is a scholar and practitioner original from China. She ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1993 in the Zen Buddhist tradition. She was trained in both the Mahayana and Theravada monastic traditions and serves as a meditation teacher and translator for several Buddhist communities. Ven. Longyun received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of the West. Her research interest lies in the issues of social, gender, ethnic and culture influence on the Buddhist development both in east and west. She is a Board Certificated Chaplain. Her chaplaincy specialization focuses on Self-Calming Ritual, Competency Cultural Education, and Palliative Care. She has traveled extensively to provide spiritual care to patients here and overseas. Currently, Ven. Longyun serves as a chaplain at Stanford Health Care and Pathways Home Health and Hospice.


Rev. Robert Drake, MDiv, MSci, is Executive Director and adjunct faculty at the Chaplaincy Institute.   He completed his Master of Divinity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary where he served as adjunct Professor of Restorative Justice, Trauma and Spirituality and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  Bob is also a mediator and restorative justice practitioner with a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution.   He is a clinical interfaith hospice and palliative care chaplain and bereavement specialist and has started a new service: Ocean Soul Renewal,  leading workshops on San Francisco Bay for those going through significant loss and life change or are in need of finding new hope and meaning.


Ven. Gary Gregory Gach, is lay-ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh. Author of 9 books, his new title is Pause Breathe Smile – Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough. His work has been translated into several languages, and has appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals. He serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Buddhist Channel, a Malaysian Buddhist news website. He currently hosts Haiku Corner for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. For more info:


Rev. Jürgen Schwing, M.A., B.C.C.I., has taught spiritual care and interfaith theology as a ChI Faculty member since 2000, drawing on 20 years of experience providing spiritual care in hospitals and hospices, and with the homeless. Jürgen is currently the Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Kaiser Foundation Hospitals Diablo Service Area (Kaiser Diablo). This service area includes the Walnut Creek and Antioch Medical Centers and the Diablo Hospice Program. Jürgen has also trained and worked as a facilitator for the Acts of Reconciliation Project, bringing together Jews and Germans to commemorate the Holocaust. Kaiser Permanente has featured his work in interfaith spiritual care in clinical video conferences throughout its system nationwide.Jürgen was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister and his work is rooted in Eastern and Western contemplative traditions, pluralistic and integral theology, and depth psychology. He has taught at Pacific School of Religion Summer Session and has given presentations internationally, including in Germany and at the World Congress on Psychology and Spirituality in India, as well as at conferences of the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. He received the Len Cedarleaf Award for best theory paper from the ACPE and received an award for his essay entitled “Theology of Supervision: Awakening and Transformation in Clinical Pastoral Education.” Jürgen completed his undergraduate studies and some graduate studies at Frankfurt and Heidelberg Universities in Germany, where he received a merit scholarship for a paper on theory of sciences and theology. He received an M.A. in Religion and the Personality Sciences from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a ACPE-Certified Educator.


Nancy S. Wiens, M.Div., Ph. D., is the Director and Co-founder of Emergence. Nancy is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Christian spirituality, ritual studies, and the dialogue between theology and science. She practices Spiritual Direction with people who long to deepen their relationship with God and respond to God’s calling more fully in their lives. Nancy also guides wilderness rites of passage, helping people mark transitions in their lives by discerning God’s calling through nature.


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