Living and Dying in the Shadow of Holy Week: An Inquiry into the Heart of Life with Bill Redfield, Jana Biesanz

Mar 26-27, 2018

How rare it is that we engage each other in conversation about how we might live most meaningfully in the face of death, grief, and loss. Taking the opportunity of the perspective afforded by Holy Week in the Christian tradition, we will explore a refreshing interspiritual perspective of living and dying that comes from a Wisdom Christianity. While distinctive from the contemporary and the more familiar Christian interpretation that most of us grew up with, Wisdom brings us closer to the contemplative depths shared by all the world’s great spiritual traditions. It is at this level that we can open to each other’s traditions, learn from the various distinguishing nuances, and trace the Wisdom thread that runs through them all.

An introductory presentation will be given on Monday evening, March 26 from 7 to 9 pm. The parameters of a Wisdom perspective of living and dying will be introduced and set. On Tuesday, March 27, from 9 am to 4 pm, we will take a deeper dive into some of the intricacies of this Wisdom understanding as well as some of the specific spiritual practices that support this perspective.

Both the Monday evening presentation and the day-long workshop on Tuesday are for people of all faith traditions. Wisdom can find application in all spiritual traditions. Although no specific background is required for these events, they may be particularly helpful for professional clergy and caregivers. This work may also provide a fresh perspective for Christians entering the most sacred days of the Triduum.

The presenters of this program will be The Rev. Jana Biesanz and The Rev. William Redfield.

Rev. Jana Biesanz is an ordained Interfaith minister, chaplain and writer. She has worked in education and since 2008 has been involved in various roles with Hospice, most recently as an Interfaith chaplain working with the dying and their families. A long-time Tibetan Buddhist meditation practitioner, Jana has studied contemplative care for the dying in the Buddhist traditions, and has also been a student in the Wisdom tradition.

The Rev. William C. Redfield is an ordained Episcopal priest and a licensed clinical social worker. Although he was ordained in 1976, he spent the first half of his professional career as a group, family, and individual therapist in Maine. Later Bill served Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville for nearly twenty years. During this time, he brought his passion for new forms of “Wisdom” spirituality and established “Wisdom House” as an outreach spiritual ministry in the greater community. Having retired from parish work over four years ago, Bill is now engaged in full time Wisdom work mainly in the Northeast.

Half of the proceeds from this event will be given to Christ the King Retreat House and InterFaith Works in grateful appreciation of their dedicated ministries and work in our community.

Introductory Presentation: Monday evening, March 26, 7 – 9 pm.
Workshop: Tuesday, March 27, 9 am – 4 pm.

Cost: Monday night’s presentation $15
Tuesday workshop $70 (includes a continental breakfast and lunch)
Fee for both $75.

No deposit is necessary, but registering for Tuesday especially is important. Space is limited. Checks for both Monday evening and Tuesday can made out to “Wisdom Works” and brought to the event.

Anyone wishing to stay overnight can call Christ the King directly (315-446-2680) to reserve a room at $55.00 (no additional meals will be provided).

For more information and to register, please contact Cathy Dutch, wisdomswork@gmail.com.