In May and June 2015 I was invited to give a series of three talks on the afterlife in my Anglican parish. The invitation that was printed in the church magazine is reproduced below. At the bottom of the page is a link to a folder with the Powerpoint slides and handouts for the talks, and my reflections on the process.
Explorations in life, death and the afterlife
A series of three talks on the theme of life, death and the afterlife,
with Dr Fiona Bowie
The topics covered will be:
Through Death: Looking at how
different religions and cultures have approached death and its role in life and
a look at so-called ‘near-death’ experiences.
Beyond This Life: Looking at
accounts of life beyond physical death and beyond this physical world.
our life’s purpose and plan: Exploring the ideas of whether life is random
and meaningless. Does life have
purpose and a plan and continuity beyond our physical existence?
The approach is experience-based and exploratory, and does
not promote any particular religious or secular viewpoint. The aim is to provide information and material
for personal reflection and growth rather than to look for definitive proof. There
will be time for discussion.
When: Tuesday 28 April, 5 May & 19 May 2015,
Where: Church Hall
Refreshments will be available
All are welcome. In order to have some idea of numbers it would be useful if
you could let either the vicar or Fiona (Bowie) know if you are hoping to
attend. For further information or to register your interest, please contact
Fiona Bowie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fiona Bowie is a
Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious
Studies at King’s College, London. She is trained in social anthropology and
has taught at the Universities of Wales and Bristol in the UK, at the
University of Linköping in Sweden, and at the University of Virginia in the
USA. She is founder of the Afterlife Research Centre: http://www.afterliferesearch.co.uk. Fiona
currently supervises PhD students, gives talks and conference presentations,
writes books and articles, and runs workshops on afterlife themes.
The sessions provide
people of Christian faith, non-Christian faith and no faith opportunity to come
together as fellow sojourners in this life to speak honestly and listen
attentively to each other on matters of life and death and what may lie
beyond. It is a chance to share
experiences and ask questions people may have, some of which may not easily fit
into my/our own belief system.
These sessions could
potentially be found in any University or College in the UK. As such the material is usually
addressed in an academic context.
However, by offering these sessions in a church building my hope is that
we recognise the wide variety of experiences people may have encountered and
pastoral concerns that may arise from them.
Finally, a disclaimer to
say that the content of these sessions is not designed to propagate the
Christian faith or any other faith but an open point of meeting, reflection and
To view the slides, handouts and reflection on the talks click here
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