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Classrooms Without Borders is honored to convene a panel discussion featuring religious leaders from the three major monotheistic faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Moderated by Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Professor of Philosophy at American Jewish University, this panel features Rabbi Aaron Bisno of Rodef Shalom Congregation, Rev. David Poecking of Archangel Gabriel Parish, and Imam Chris Caras of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Among the questions that will be addressed are:

  1. In normal times, how does your tradition generally understand withholding and withdrawing life support from patients?
  2. What guidance would your tradition give to the triage decisions that hospital staff must make when they cannot take care of everyone who enters the hospital’s Emergency Room?
  3. What adjustments has your religious community had to make in the ways you normally mark life cycle events — birth, adolescence, marriage, and death?
  4. How does your tradition understand the relationships between how we treat our body and our mind, emotions, and will?  How does that affect the efforts your community is now doing to respond to the emotional and psychological needs that we have when we are quarantined?
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Coping with the Pandemic: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Responses to the Medical, Religious, and Emotional Issues Raised by COVID-19

Thursday, Jun. 4 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM


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