Saturday, 16 Jul 2016 1:00 PM
Humanists of Linn County and Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers are pleased to announce a half-day symposium titled, “Death and Dying Beyond Belief.” This is a cooperative effort between the Eastern and Central Iowa Coalitions of Reason and focuses on various death and dying topics including death with dignity and end of life preparations, hospice care from a non-theist perspective, memorial services for non-theists, personal stories of facing death without belief in a god or afterlife, and how death and grieving differs for non-theists. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT, HOWEVER, WE WILL BE REQUESTING DONATIONS TO HELP DEFRAY EXPENSES.
Confirmed speakers include:
State Representative Liz Bennett – Representative Bennett will speak on the Death with Dignity issue within the Iowa State Legislature.
Kay Becker – President of Compassion and Choices of Iowa. Kay is a member of First Unitarian Church of Des Moines and facilitator of the Death With Dignity Action Group at that church. She will give a presentation on what Compassion and Choices does and the importance of advanced planning and documents to aid this planning. She will also give an explanation of the Iowa Death With Dignity Act (HF65 and SF2051).
Peggy Fulton – Board certified hospice and palliative care nurse, has cared for patients and families at the end of life. Seeing families, patients and medical staff all navigate thru the end of life processes, has brought a unique perspective to Peggy’s nursing practice. Peggy and her husband Russ are active in the Iowa Athiests and Freethinkers and currently make their home in Ames.
Kevin Bradley – Final Exit Network Kevin is a writer, speaker, stress management counselor, the Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Minnesota, and an interfaith minister ordained in the United Church of Christ. He grew up in Southern Minnesota and started college with plans to become a minister in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, but those plans changed when his father died from lung cancer when Kevin was 21. He now refers to himself as a humanist, agnostic, atheist, or non-theist, depending on your definition of those terms. He will give a presentation on what Final Exit Network does.
Dr. Hector Avalos – Dr. Avalos is an atheist professtor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and has experienced near death situations a few times in his life. He will present a personal perspective on what that is like to a non-theist.
Dr. Paul Knupp Ed. – Dr. Kupp is President of the Humanist Society of Iowa and is a Humanist Chaplain. Dr. Knupp will speak about memorial services for non-theists.
Alan Diehl – Board member of Humanists of Linn County and former Evangelical associate pastor. Alan will be speaking about the concept of an afterlife from a non-theistic point of view.
We are still waiting to see if a state legislator can speak and also whether or not United Coalition of Reason Executive Director, Jason Heap, will be able to attend and give a presentation.