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The Whitney Initiative for Spirituality at UNB presents Beginning the Spiritual Journey

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 21, 2015

Category: myUNB , In the Media , UNB Fredericton

The Whitney Initiative for Spirituality at University of New Brunswick (UNB) is offering a workshop entitled “Beginning the Spiritual Journey”, which will allow participants to engage in conversation on spirituality reflected through artistic and musical expression.

A biopic about Dr. Norman Whitney has been produced by Dr. Matthew Rogers and Ross Leadbetter, and will be screened for the first time at Beginning the Spiritual Journey. The film focuses on Dr. Norman Whitney’s spiritual wakening and features an original song composed by Mike Bravener, a friend of Dr. Whitney’s.

The events will be moderated by John McLaughlin, President Emeritus of UNB, and feature renowned photographic artist Freeman Patterson, musicians Michael and Joel Miller and the Rev. David Maginley, chaplain of Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax, N.S.

“Beginning the Spiritual Journey” takes place Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Killarney Lake Lodge and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at Memorial Hall on UNB campus, located at 6 Duffie Drive. The registration fee is $75 and includes all meals and nutrition breaks.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, Patterson will explore ‘the call of creativity’ through a talk about the nature of creativity and its impact on our personal lives, including an audio-visual presentation using his own photographs to reinforce the centrality of creativity to our spiritual life.  

Saturday’s event will also feature Rev. Maginley, a chaplain with the cancer and palliative care program at the QEII hospital in Halifax and a four-time cancer survivor. Rev. Maginley will discuss how his experiences as chaplain and a cancer survivor have led to explorations of meditation, illness, transformation and the nature of consciousness.

On Sunday morning, musicians Michael and Joel Miller will present a musical exploration of spirituality, performing original pieces in a concert at UNB’s Memorial Hall.

You can register for Beginning the Spiritual Journey here. 

For more information, please contact Susan Montague, senior campaign advisor, at 506-452-6180 or montague@unb.ca.

About the Whitney Initiative

The Whitney Initiative seeks to advance the study and practice of spirituality at UNB. It is named in honour of Reverent Norm Whitney, PhD, CM, a distinguished scientist, teacher, counsellor, mentor and retired member of the UNB faculty.