Frank, funny, and enlightening conversation on dying and death and living fully: Thursday, March 1 in the Chapel

(Please note change in the room: luckily for us, a recording was rescheduled, and so we will be able to be in the Chapel)

The series "going. Going! GONE?" Death in three (conversational) acts" concludes with Act 3, "GONE?", from 6-8 p.m. March 1 in the Bastyr University Chapel and features Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, and Warren Etheredge (of The Warren Report and The High Bar).  Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door 30 minutes before start time.

Dying is the number two fear of Americans; public speaking is number one. Of course, you can always avoid the latter. However, in this three-part series, host and fearless public speaker Warren Etheredge will tackle both phobias, inviting three fellow mortals — a seeker, a physician and a spiritual leader — to join him on stage for three separate, frank, funny and enlightening conversations about the nature of our existence and a better understanding of our alleged ends.


We sometimes congratulate ourselves the moment of waking from a troubled dream; it may be so the moment after death. — Nathaniel Hawthorne

Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Or, is it? World religions prescribe many different itineraries for our after-lives, whether reunions with our loved ones, penance for past sins or the (environmentally sound?) recycling of our spirits. Should the promise/threat of an alternate reality or a second go-round alter our behavior in this Life? Can we count on one more chance or resign ourselves, as Woody Allen feared, to sitting through the Ice Capades once again?

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD

Our special guest for Act 3: "GONE?" is Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD. Through worship, teaching, counseling and speaking, Rabbi Ted shares the spiritual gifts of Judaism, while appreciating that it is only one of the authentic spiritual traditions of the world. 

With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted is one of the Interfaith Amigos, who together co-wrote Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith and Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi & a Sheikh. Rabbi Ted also co-authored with David Blatner Judaism For Dummies and is author of A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life.

Ordained in 1968 at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Rabbi Ted served in Los Angeles as a congregational and then a campus rabbi. In 1975, he earned a doctorate in professional psychology, with research focused on the nature of meditative and mystical states of consciousness. He pursued a career in spiritually oriented psychotherapy, then in 1978 founded Makom Ohr Shalom, A Synagogue for Jewish Spirituality.

When Rabbi Ted moved to Seattle in 1993, he and and his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. Rabbi Ted completed his final year as Bet Alef's senior rabbi at the end of 2009. In addition to doing programs and traveling with his Amigos and on his own, he writes, teaches and provides spiritual counseling. Dr. Falcon was the scholar-in-residence of Unity of Bellevue in 2010 and 2011.

Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 11:38pm


The Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature was created in November 2009 to support Bastyr University's commitment to a multidisciplinary exploration of the deep questions at the heart of spiritual and scientific inquiry.

As an expression of Bastyr's mission and vision, the Center hosts conversations devoted to illuminating the interfaces, connections and congruence between spirituality, science, nature and medicine.

The Center shares resources in this field and develops collaborative relationships with other organizations and people who work at the frontiers of this exploration. The primary ambition of the Center is to contribute to the cultivation of wisdom and wholeness in the practice of medicine.