Last 2 Acts of Death & Dying Series "going. Going! GONE?" Rescheduled for Feb. 16, March 1

The series "going. Going! GONE?" Death in three (conversational) acts" concludes with Act 2, called "Going!", from 7-8:30 p.m. February 16 in the Bastyr University Chapel followed by Act 3, "Gone?", from 7-8:30 p.m. March 1 in the Bastyr University Auditorium.  Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door 30 minutes before start time.

Hope Wechkin, MD

The featured speaker at Act 2: "Going!" is Hope Wechkin, MD, the medical director of Evergreen Hospice and Palliative Care in Kirkland, Washington. Dr. Wechkin graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1990, and from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1997. 

Since 2007, Dr. Wechkin has devoted herself full time to the practice of hospice and palliative medicine, and is certified by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has served on the staff of the Palliative Care Consult Service at the University of Washington Medical Center and is a faculty member for the Chronic Care clerkship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a frequent speaker at regional hospital Grand Rounds and educational events for both community members and health care providers.

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD

The featured speaker at Act 3: "GONE?" is Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD. Through worship, teaching, counseling and speaking, Dr. Falcon 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, Dr. Falcon 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. Dr. Falcon 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, Dr. Falcon 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 Dr. Falcon moved to Seattle in 1993, he and and his wife, Ruth Neuwald Falcon, founded Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue. Dr. Falcon 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 Cindy Butler-Smith on Mon, 01/09/2012 - 2:11pm


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.