God, heaven and the afterlife — on DVD

November 16, 2006, Volume 37, No.6

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SFU's continuing studies seniors program is reaching out to promote dialogue among often socially isolated seniors. The first project, Perceptions of God and Heaven (The Afterlife), is a 56-minute, two-part DVD developed with the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society. It features panelists Rabbi Yosef Wosk, Reverend Shirley Stockdill and Imam Mohamad Rachid, with moderator Alan Aberbach, director of the seniors program. The free DVD is being offered to B.C. seniors' organizations with initial distribution in the Vancouver area. “Part of the university's mandate is helping adults achieve their intellectual, professional and cultural goals through lifelong learning,” says Aberbach. Seniors' centres and organizations are being encouraged to have seniors watch the video and then participate in moderated discussion using a specially prepared program guide. “This will give B.C. seniors an opportunity to increase their intellectual and community involvement, and socialize more than they are able to do in a formal classroom setting,” notes Aberbach. Information: 604.291.5212 or akkalfa@sfu.ca.

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