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Current Conversations Virtual Discussion Forums
The Sharp Equality Alliance (SEA) is pleased to expand its virtual discussion series “Current Conversations - What’s in a Name?” to explore the world’s dominant religions. This month, we explore the Christian faith.
Moderated by members of the SEA, this upcoming session will explore the 2,000-year history of Christianity – seeking to better understand its foundational pillars, acknowledging how its interpretation has led to diverse expressions and recognizing the importance of storytelling to its continuation. Participants are asked to uphold the Sharp Behavior Standards of Mutual Respect and Courteous Communication.
Special guest speaker:
Michael Baumgardner is a nurse manager at Sharp HospiceCare. He has worked in health care for 16 years both as a spiritual counselor with hospice and as a nurse. Prior to his health care career, Baumgardner studied theology in Italy, earned a master's in theology and was an ordained Catholic priest for 11 years. His professional and academic interests have focused on recognizing the influence of spirituality on the human journey.
Topics of discussion include:
- Key historical moments in the development of Christianity
- Influence of Christianity in the modern world
- Generation gap and changing demographics of Christianity
- How Christianity applies to health care