Thursday September 8, 2005

Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

Symposium to address holistic healing and other issues affecting older adults.

People in search of health and inner peace need the chance to step back and embrace the spirituality of healing mind and body.

The University of Dayton will present a symposium designed to address these issues, and others that affect older adults.

The fourth biennial Duane W. Chapman Symposium, titled "Sabbath: Nourishment and Rest in the Service of Others," will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, in the Kennedy Union on UD's campus.

The keynote speaker will be Wayne Muller, an ordained minister, therapist and author. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he has spent the past 25 years working closely with such people as the homeless, adult victims of abuse and those with life-threatening illnesses. Muller also is the founder of the Institute for Engaged Spirituality and the philanthropic organization Bread for the Journey, a senior scholar with the Fetzer Institute, and a member of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He is the author of several books, including the best-seller, "Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood."

The symposium will include morning and afternoon workshops on such topics as complimentary therapies, Medicare, spiritual journaling and aromatherapy. The day also will include a continental breakfast and lunch and will close with a wine and cheese reception.

The symposium costs $25 in advance and $35 after Sept. 30. For more information and registration materials, call (937) 229-2347. Participation is limited to 300 people.

The symposium is sponsored by UD's Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education in partnership with UD's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Good Samaritan Hospital. It is funded, in part, through an endowment from the Retirement Research Foundation.

For media interviews, contact Julie Mitchell at (937) 229-2605.