UAMS to Host Lectures on the World’s Religions

Dr. Jay McDaniel will present a series of three lunch-time lectures on the world’s religions. The series is sponsored by the Pastoral Care Department of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dates and Times:

  • March 6, 2019: An Overview of the World’s Religions: The Multifaith Context for Chaplaincy and Health Care – 12-1:30 pm  
  • April 3, 2019: On Being an Interfaith Leader: How to Work with People from Different Traditions and no Tradition – 12-1:30 pm                                
  • May 1, 2019: The Range of Religious Emotions: A Brief Introduction to the Psychology of Religion – 12-1:30 pm                                                              
  • May 8, 2019: World Religions Panel12-1:30 pm Taking stock and moving forward at UAMS. An informal discussion facilitated by Dr. McDaniel on implications of religious and spiritual diversity for the UAMS and Little Rock Community, featuring selected representatives from various traditions: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Humanism, and others

Location: UAMS, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas

From interfaith chapels and meditation rooms to conference rooms turned prayer halls and peace gardens, hospitals and their often multi­faith teams of chaplains are seeking to meet the religious and spiritual needs of patients, their loved ones, as well as the medical personnel who care for them.  — Usra Ghazi in the Pluralism Project Podcast Episode 3: Religion in Healthcare
Why would a hospital sponsor and host a lecture series on the world’s religions? Religion and spirituality can be a source of tremendous support when one faces illness, uncertainty, and the liminal space between life and death – all conditions which permeate a hospital setting. There was a time when most pastoral care departments in U.S. hospitals consisted almost exclusively of chaplains from the Christian tradition. In the multifaith culture of today, however, familiarity with a single religious tradition is no longer adequate for those training to be physicians, nurses, and especially hospital chaplains. As a result, many pastoral care departments in U.S. hospitals are working to expand the interfaith literacy of chaplains.