Friday, October 26, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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VNSNY Headquarters Auditorium 
107 East 70th Street
(Between Park & Lexington)
New York, NY 10021

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Kei Okada, MDiv, BCC
Lead Spiritual Care Counselor
VNSNY Hospice & Palliative Care



From Pulpit to Bedside Seminar 

Shared Wisdom:
Intersubjectivity as Hospitality in End-of-Life Care

Featuring: The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD

The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, Ph.D.
, is the Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary, New York since 2015, after many years as professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and Co-Director of the Atlanta Theological Association’s Th.D. program in Pastoral Counseling.  In 2013-14 she was honored to be the 2013-14 Fulbright-Freud Scholar of Psychoanalysis in Vienna, Austria.  She has taught a graduate course on Death, Dying & Bereavement for over two decades.  She is the author of 7 books including Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care & Counseling; Many Voices: Pastoral Psychotherapy in Relational and Theological Perspective; The Cry of Tamar: Violence against Women and the Church's Response; and most recently Old & Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis.  She has published over 70 articles and chapters, and has lectured frequently across the U.S., Europe, and Israel. She is the President and founding board member of the International Association for Spiritual Care (Switzerland) and serves on the Steering Committee of the Psychology, Culture & Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion and the editorial board of the Journal of Pastoral Theology.  Dr. Cooper-White holds 2 Ph.D.s: from Harvard (historical musicology), and the Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago (psychoanalytic practice and research), and is an ordained Episcopal priest.

Incorporating a pastoral clinical case study, Dr.Cooper-White will explore the concept of intersubjectivity in pastoral care as a form of mutual hospitality nearing the end of life, drawing from her book Shared Wisdom: Use of the Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling. The lecture will conclude with a theological reflection on end-of-life care as spiritual midwifing.


8:30 a.m. - Check-In and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Welcome

Rosemary Baughn, MSN, RN, Senior Vice President,
VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care

9:10 a.m. - Learning Segments by The Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD 

1. "Shared Wisdom: Intersubjectivity as Hospitality in End-of-Life Care"

10:30 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 2. "Dying Well Takes Practice"

11:45 a.m. - Questions and Answers

12:20 p.m. - Conclusion


VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care

VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care provides expert, compassionate care for patients living with serious illnesses at the end-of-life that addresses the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and bereavement needs of individuals and families.  VNSNY Hospice patients live at home, in nursing homes, in assisted living communities, and in our Goodman Brown Hospice Residence in Manhattan.

 Licensed by the NYS Department of Health, VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, is the largesthospice in the metropolitan area and the only hospice serving all five boroughs of New York City, with a staff of over 350 nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual care counselors, bereavement counselors, support staff, as well as hundreds of volunteers.

Why do we offer this seminar?
Surveys indicate that dying people want their spiritual or religious leaders to provide support. Clergy and pastoral caregivers have rich traditions at the time of dying and death, but many still don’t feel comfortable or competent in being with the dying or their grieving loved ones.

Ministry to the dying awakens and awes us to appreciate the relational significance and potential of our life, challenges and calls on our faith to wrestle with questions of life’s values, care and dignity.

The week October 21-27 is the Spiritual Care Week. 
This year’s theme is “Hospitality: Cultivating Time”.


We are grateful for generous support of this seminar from