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Lutheran HealthCare to host its third annual Health and Spirituality lecture

October 4, 2007, Brooklyn, New York…Lutheran HealthCare will host its third annual Health and Spirituality Lecture on Friday, October 5, (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.). Shahid Athar, M.D., of the Islamic Medical Association of North America, will present this year's lecture, "Health and Spirituality in Islamic Tradition and Practice." The annual event hosted by Lutheran HealthCare, a nationally recognized leader in religiously informed cultural competence, explores the relationships between spirituality, health and healing.

"Lutheran is fully committed to serving the whole person; mind, body and spirit," said Reverend Don Stiger, senior vice president for Mission and Spiritual Care. "This means understanding and actualizing the vital interconnections of health and spirituality, providing pastoral care and education, promoting religiously informed cultural competency and growing faith/health partnerships with community congregations of all types."

Dr. Athar is a past president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America and is the former chair of Medical Ethics. He is the co-founder and chairman of the Islamic Society of Greater Indianapolis and the Interfaith Alliance of Indiana and serves on the clinical faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 120 journal articles and seven books including Islamic Perspectives in Medicine and Healing the Wounds of September 11, 2001: Reflections of an American Muslim.

Lutheran HealthCare's cultural competence program was designed with an understanding of how knowledge of cultural differences contributes to better health care. Facilities now include prayer rooms, chapels, mosques, multilingual staff and directional signage. The medical center offers one of the area's first dedicated Chinese health care units and a wide variety of menu options.

In its faith based mission, Lutheran HealthCare serves a one-of-a-kind community of diverse faith groups throughout southwest Brooklyn. The Mission and Spiritual Care Office of LHC is responsible for the social ministry relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), mission effectiveness, pastoral/spiritual care, and relationships with congregations and faith based organizations.


As Brooklyn's premier heath care network, Lutheran HealthCare (LHC) is a comprehensive medical and social support system committed to providing services for the whole person -- physically, emotionally and spiritually. The LHC system of community health providers includes Lutheran Medical Center, the Lutheran Family Health Centers, Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, Community Care Organization, Inc, Health Plus, senior housing programs and more. Learn about LHC and its 124-year-old commitment to serving Brooklyn neighborhoods by visiting

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