Finding Meaning in Death: Interfaith Forum in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
On April 24, 2006, at an interfaith forum sponsored by Wesleyan College's Center for the Study of Religious Freedom, students and community members tackled one of humanity's most profound topics: death. Panelists discussing how various religious communities find meaning in death included native American spiritual leader; a rabbi and Wesleyan professor; a Roman Catholic and religion writer for local newspaper The Virginian-Pilot; and an SGI-USA representative who introduced the Nichiren Buddhist perspective. A local radio talk show host moderated the discussion.
The forum was one of the Center's Nexus Interfaith Dialogue series. The Nexus program aims to "foster transformations as people discover their common humanity while learning to live peacefully amidst our profound religious differences." Through sharing personal experiences, participants discovered the common human experience of grief at the loss of loved ones.
[Adapted from an article in the November 3, 2006 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA]