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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerChristina Puchalski, founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health, lectures on the importance of caring for a patient beyond their physical well-being Thursday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Puchalski suggests that doctors should spend just as much time caring for their patients on a mental, social, and spiritual level.

Puchalski: ‘Healing is not one of only mechanical repair but one of regaining relatedness itself’

Medical patients have physical needs as well as spiritual ones. And Dr. Christina Puchalski doesn’t believe health care professionals should limit themselves to just the former.

She said that 73 percent of cancer patients said they’ve experienced at least one instance of spiritual need; 40 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients said they have a significant level of spiritual distress.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerAaron David Miller, a former adviser to multiple secretaries of state, continues his five-day Interfaith Lecture Series Tuesday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy.

Miller details three challenges facing U.S. in Middle East

The United States’ ability to pursue its interests in the Middle East are challenged by three main issues, Aaron David Miller said: the Arab Spring, Iran’s regional and nuclear ambitions and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Miller delivered the second of his five lectures on the week’s Interfaith Lecture Series theme of “Religion, Culture and Diplomacy” at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hall of Philosophy. He is currently the vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar in the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For 24 years prior to this position, he worked for the U.S. Department of State and served as an advisor to six secretaries of state, helping to formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and on the Arab-Israeli peace process.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerBruce Western, Harvard professor of sociology, delivers Friday’s Interfaith Lecture at the Hall of Philosophy.

Western: ‘The risk is that incarceration is becoming an inherited trait’

Sociologist Bruce Western believes that the United States is in a historic moment of reform. Throughout the last 40 years, the nation has conducted a mass experiment in criminal punishment.

The result of that experiment, Western argues, is the mass incarceration of African-American men, whose families have subsequently lost social mobility.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerThe Rev. Gregory Boyle delivers Thursday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy.

Boyle: Kids joining gangs are ‘always fleeing something. Always.’

Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest and a family man. He believes that without a sense of kinship among people, there can be no justice and no peace.

“The measure of our compassion lies not in our service to those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them,” said Boyle, also known as “G-Dog” among the former gang members he works with.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerPeacemaking circles advocate Kay Pranis delivers Wednesday’s Interfaith Lecture about the “driftwood exercise” and learning how to overcome discomfort in the face of conflict and differences.

Pranis: How can driftwood solve conflict?

Kay Pranis first discovered peacemaking circles as a way to determine sentences in criminal proceedings. The circles bring together victims, offenders, community members, judges and police officers to discuss how best to respond to a crime.

But for Pranis, the peacemaking circle has become more than this.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerCarolyn Boyes-Watson, professor of sociology at Suffolk University and the founding director of the university’s Center for Restorative Justice, delivers the week’s first Interfaith Lecture on “Restorative Justice” Monday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy.

Boyes-Watson: ‘Justice is simply not a spectator sport’

The criminal justice system is composed of institutions and practices that punish criminal activity. But does it really bring justice to the people it’s meant to protect?

Carolyn Boyes-Watson argues that America’s criminal justice system does not focus on the particular needs of victims and their communities. She proposes a system called “restorative justice,” which would do just that.

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Armstrong: Suffering, compassion central to all world religions

Karen Armstrong is not too big on happiness — she said it’s overrated and never sticks around long enough. She has found that the world’s major religions don’t concern themselves much with happiness; rather, it’s focusing on suffering that’s important.

“The religions are not about finding some outer palacio where we will … be blissed out, but [about learning] to live creatively and kindly and realistically with our pain,” Armstrong said.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerPulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges delivers Friday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy.

Hedges: ‘How do you make the power elite frightened of you?’

While he was on his way to announce to Congress that he was declaring war on Germany, President Woodrow Wilson feared he would be attacked by anarchists — so he brought an escort of cavalry troops along with him.

Wilson was keenly aware that, outside of Wall Street, there was virtually no support for the war.

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