Film Explores End-of-Life Care
October 3, 2018 @ 7 pm
Campus Theatre, 413 Market Street, Lewisburg
The CommUnity Zone, Caring Choices, Bucknell University, Evangelical Community Hospital and Geisinger Hospital are coming together to hold a free community screening of this thought provoking documentary. After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation led by Cindy Moyer, MSW LSW-CDP, Dr. Kathryn Girogini, Evangelical Hospital, Dr Catherine O’Neil of Bucknell University’s Student Health Center and Chaplain Jacqueline Heitmann on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.
“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.
“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.
Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.
In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.
More information about the book is at http://atulgawande.com/book/being-mortal/. For more information about this free screening, contact Cynthia Peltier at email@example.com
Free and Open to ALL
Come join the beginning of the future!
Tuesday, October 2 @ 7 pm,
Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg, PA
Rain or Shine
The challenges facing us today are unprecedented. These great challenges
include climate change and the acceleration of technology – particularly AI and biotechnology. These things alone will change what it means to be human as our
cognitive abilities are matched and decision-making is automated. As these changes accelerate, we will fumble for new meaning in the world. That meaning will need to come from each other.
Putting an end to nationalistic and religious hostility – and other forms of divisive fake news – is too great a problem to be solved by one clever person. Instead, it must come from all of us.
None of the religions or nations of today are providing all the answers for all people. Morality, art, spirituality and creativity will be the only source of digging out.
This year, the 20th anniversary of the beginning of this event here in Lewisburg,Bucknell University students, staff, faculty and community members are planning on gathering together for a time of connecting with each other on a broader and more personal level than we have before. Our goal is to continue the conversations of unity beyond our time at Hufnagle Park because too often, the voices we listen to point out where we differ or are
opposed continue to try and divide us. Our goal is to remember that we are more alike than we are different.
At the Unity Gathering, we see people from all walks of life but when we have gathered together in the past, we often sit with those who are like us and we leave with people like us. This year, we want to encourage Bucknell Students and Community members to sit among each other. We want those of a diverse
faith to share together in conversation.
This year, we are inviting you because you are a unique and precious individual. We want the fullness of our community to be present for this event and also to help facilitate the conversations that will continue because of our coming together. Wherever you are, you can help make this dream of unity a reality. Let's show the future generations, and ourselves, that we can do better than be
at odds with each other.
“Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” -- Mattie Stepanek
Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek (July 17, 1990 – June 22, 2004), known as Mattie J.T. Stepanek, was an American poet (or as he wanted to be remembered as "a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played") who published seven best-selling books of poetry and peace essays. Before his death (at the age of 13) he had become known as a peace advocate and motivational speaker.