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Exploring Religious Questions

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gustavus Adolphus College

We have all experienced various losses and forms of suffering, including during the ongoing pandemic. For over a year now, the global pandemic has brought death, depression, and despair. The pandemic has also exposed racial injustices and ongoing inequalities related to health care, income, and education.

At the same time, we have had to pay closer attention to what nourishes us, fosters resilience, and sparks joy and positive change. In this series, faith leaders and specialists in the science of resilience help us reflect on anguish, hope, and the paradoxical capacity to embrace both grief and gratitude amidst loss and suffering.

Dr. Maria Sirois is a master teacher, facilitator, and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion, and success. As a consultant and positive psychologist (with a Psy.D. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit, particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or loss.

Known for her wisdom, authenticity, and humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. Sirois is the author of two books: A short course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths.


October 25
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Gustavus Adolphus College
800 W College Ave
St. Peter, MN
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