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Alumni Profile: Sabine Obeid-Paterson, Fall 2011

April 11, 2017

This profile is part of a series exploring the impact of SFU Semester in Dialogue alumni on our local and global communities.

What semester/theme did you participate in?
Fall 2011: Religion, Spirituality, Contemplative Inquiry and Social Action

Tell us about one of your projects in the Semester and why it mattered to you?  In what way did the project have a positive impact on the community?

For our project "Making a Difference", we identified an organization that we thought was making a difference by melding the worlds of faith and social action. We found a ministry that was headed by a female, First Nations minister. She brought us into her world and welcomed us to be a part of the "Peace Through the Arts Festival" at Hummingbird Ministries. It was humbling to see the power of her spirit and the community that she had built around herself and we were very grateful to be a part of it. This project helped us shed light on the reconciliation between traditional indigenous beliefs and western religion, which I believe is an area that many struggle to reconcile.

What was one highlight from the semester?
The Public Dialogue! It was an amazing day full of dialogue, faith, community and engagement. We worked really hard and I remember being up all night prepping and planning, but it was definitely worth the work. I am very proud of the work we did and the outcome we had. Oh, and I met my husband. That was quite the highlight.

What are you doing now that you want to tell the world about?
I am currently in my last semester on my way to become a psychiatric nurse. I will be spending 10 weeks in Uganda this Spring working with local clinicians and traditional healers in supporting community members with mental illness, addiction and HIV/AIDS. If it wasn't for the Semester in Dialogue, I would not have the courage or tenacity to engage in something like this. I am grateful for the person Dialogue has made me.

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