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Fox Chase Cancer Center Offers Free Spirituality Lecture Series

PHILADELPHIA (March 23, 1999) -- A spring Spirituality Lecture Series will begin April 8 at Fox Chase Cancer Center, 7701 Burholme Ave. in Northeast Philadelphia. Complete Care, the Complementary Medicine Program of Fox Chase Cancer Center, will sponsor the series of three free lectures, to be held in the Nursing Education Room on the first floor of the inpatient Hospital Building.

In the opening session, Thursday, April 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Rev. Lamont Satterly of Maple Glen, Pa., will discuss "Turning Woodchips Into Gold"-reflecting on the "woodchips" everyone carries and the possibility of their transformation into some type of healing "wealth." This seminar is designed to explore the cost of unexamined beliefs in terms of their impact on a person's life and relationships.

Participants will look at the ways in which unresolved "legacies" block inner healing and influence physical, spiritual and relational well-being. The concepts of judgments against self and others will also be examined, along with the healing process toward forgiveness.

The Rev. Satterly, a family therapist in private practice, is executive director of the Search Foundation and hospice chaplain for the Eastern Montgomery County Visiting Nurses Association.

"The Creative Healing Arts" will be the topic on Thursday, May 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sister Mary Gavin of the Medical Mission Sisters, will address how entering into the process of art can help participants see the whole of life, put things into balance and find focus while working with disharmony. She will demonstrate the art of Chinese brush painting.

A former nurse, Sister Mary Gavin now teaches two courses at the Medical Mission Sisters North American headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia. Her classes, "Chinese Brush Painting with Silent Sitting Meditation" and "T'ai Chi Moving Meditation," are open to lay people as well as to the sisterhood.

A panel discussion, "Healing Rituals in the Christian and Judaic Traditions," will conclude the spring series on Thursday, June 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Panelists will include clergy belonging to the Philadelphia Board of Rabbis and the Fox Chase Ministerium, representing Protestant and Roman Catholic pastors based in Philadelphia's Fox Chase section.

Advance registration by those attending is requested before each lecture. For the April 8 lecture, please call 215-728-7000 by or before Wednesday, April 7 to reserve your free seat.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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