On Suffering and Wellbeing: An Interfaith Dialogue
May 27, 2021 at 7pm CT / 8pm ET
Dr. Aderonke O Bamgbose Pederson
Chaplain Tahera Ahmed
Professor Claire Sufrin
Moderated by Rev. Kristen Glass Perez
It has been a little over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives. Life before masks, quarantining, and social distancing seems like a far distant time and it may feel like the end is just out of reach. Concurrently, our country continues to grapple with a reckoning of problems that were always there, just beneath the surface: racial injustice, economic inequality, healthcare inequality, and more. There is no doubt that suffering of all shapes and sizes has, and will continue to have, a deeply personal impact on ourselves and in our communities. Thus, as we imagine and pursue a more hopeful future, we would like to take a moment to reflect: What is suffering? Where and how do we find hope in the midst of hardships?
In this forum, we aim to engage the topic of suffering and wellbeing. We hope to examine how the internalization and response to our own suffering, and others, is shaped by our worldviews. How do our worldviews inform our conception of suffering and what we imagine and look forward to vis-a-vis collective wellbeing?