Death, Faith & Cancer Discussion Group

Ort Gallery 12 May 2018
2:00 pm

An inter-faith discussion on death and dying. Ort Gallery and BrumYODO invite you to attend this thought-provoking and stimulating conversation asking the question ‘What’s God got to do with death?’

Charlotte Jarvis’ exhibition “Et in Arcadia Ego” touches on cancer and mortality through Jarvis’ personal experience of growing a tumour that is deadly only to herself using her own DNA. In this discussion group, chaired by Sharon Hudson from St Mary’s Hospice and BrumYODO representative, we will hear from local faith leaders and medical professionals about how Faith, Culture, Cancer and Death are connected and learn from the individuals’ expertise and experience.

We will explore philosophical questions such as ‘When it comes to death, are we having a secular crisis?’, ‘How can we cope better with the fear of death and dying?’ and ‘What happens after death?’. We will open the conversation out to have a group discussion with all attendees about how we can understand a terminal diagnosis or our own mortality through the different faiths and cultures found in Balsall Heath.


Sharon Hudson – Hospice Clinician at St Mary’s Hospice and member of BrumYODO
Dr Sabena Jameel – GP in Aston with a special interest in Phronesis
Shaykh Arif Abdulhussain – Thinker, Researcher, Writer, Translator and Founder of the Al Mahdi Institute in Selly Oak
Irshad Baqui – CEO of the Muath Trust
Father Barrie Scott – Vicar St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr