Rev. David Maginley, a spiritual counselor at a major cancer treatment centre and four-time cancer survivor, will present a free public lecture on Coping with Cancer. The event will be held on June 9th at the Halifax Central Library in the Paul O’Regan Hall.
The evening, hosted by Nancy Regan with music provided by Dave Carroll and Kevin Parks, will begin at 6 p.m. with the lecture. Rev. Maginley will draw on his personal experience with the disease and those of others, to explore how healthy spirituality can improve coping and prognosis.
Following the lecture, Rev. Maginley will launch his first book, Beyond Surviving: Cancer and your Spiritual Journey. The book weaves Maginley’s experience with cancer and those of his patients with insights on the emotional and spiritual dimensions of the disease. Through profound storytelling, the book engages the reader in accounts of people who use the crisis to amplify their love, deepen their humanity, and even connect to their immortal nature through near-death experiences and visitations by the spirit of a relative who has passed on.
“I know what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed,” said Rev. Maginley. “I’ve had my own challenges with the disease and I’ve witnessed suffering, death and transformation of others. I’ve been inspired by courageous people whose power and resiliency came from their love and vulnerability – moving from being strong to being real.
Through the book, I want to reach those who have discarded their faith and spirituality when it did not adequately honour their questions and pain. I want to speak to people who hope there is more to facing cancer than medicine and more to this life than mortal flesh. More than anything, I want to offer a respectful, contemporary model of faith that explores divine love as something we are destined to become.”
Rev. David Maginley Lutheran minister and interfaith chaplain for the cancer program, palliative care and Intensive Care Unit at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.
Learn more about Rev. Maginley and read a chapter of Beyond Surviving: Cancer and your Spiritual Journey at davidmaginley.com
A percentage of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the QEII Foundation to support cancer patients.