Cancer: “It Could Be Worse”— A Spiritual Ponzi Scheme?
About the Lecture
Michael Eselun, certified inter-faith chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology explores a common coping strategy used throughout the larger circles of life, but especially within the world of cancer, by both patients and caregivers alike — “it could be worse.” Embracing that frame of mind is often presumed to snap those struggling back into “an attitude of gratitude,” so the burden doesn’t seem so heavy. As one contemplates the universe or even one’s understanding of God, “it could be worse” might seem to balance out one’s perception of the scales of justice and fairness. But what are the implications? What does it say about our view of suffering and the suffering of others? What is the cost of clinging to “it could be worse,” as a way of getting through our challenges?
Michael Eselun, certified inter-faith chaplain, serves as the chaplain for the Simms-Mann/UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. He recently hosted and presented at the first Spirituality and Medicine Conference at UCLA to an interfaith group of community religious leaders. He’s been invited many times to speak to students, doctors, nurses, social workers, and faith communities about his work as a chaplain and the spiritual dimension of the cancer experience.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7:00 – 7:15: Arrival & Refreshments
7:15 – 7:25: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D, Introduction to Center
7:25 – 7:30: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D., Speaker Introduction
7:30 – 8:55: Speaker Presentation, Q&A
8:55 – 9:00: Closing
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) Auditorium,
B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Attendance is Free.
Available at the Medical Plaza or Ronald Reagan Medical Center lots for $12.00