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Kirbas Institute will host dinner program

The Rev. Paul Kirbas, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, stands in the new home of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Bricktown. [Carla Hinton/The Oklahoman]
The Rev. Paul Kirbas, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, stands in the new home of the Graduate Theological Foundation in Bricktown. [Carla Hinton/The Oklahoman]

Dr. Mark Mellow and Dr. Murali Krishna will be featured speakers at the Kirbas Institute's dinner set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive.

A reception will be at 6 p.m. and a buffet dinner and presentation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The program is titled "Integrating Mind and Body: The Role of Spirituality."

An increase in secularism in America has been accompanied by an alarming increase in depression, anxiety and suicide, organizers said. They said this is ironic at a time when there is increasing evidence supporting the proposition that faith and spirituality have significant health benefits.

The program will address this paradox with data that supports a strong link between spirituality and a healthy mind and body.

The Rev. Paul Kirbas, founder of the Kirbas Institute, said Mellow and Krishna will discuss the idea that faith and spirituality, appropriately practiced, have important health and societal benefits.

"We are excited to hosts doctors Mellow and Krishna, two well-known and respected physicians in the Oklahoma community, to discuss this topic of great importance," Kirbas said.

The Kirbas Institute is a nonprofit organization that exists to build bridges of understanding, cooperation, respect and acceptance among diverse faith communities and between faith communities and the global marketplace of ideas, especially those related to science and biotechnologies.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 person and $25 for students.

For more information and dinner program tickets, call 405-286-3791 or go to http://www.kirbasinstitute.com/the-kirbas-institute-dinner-program/.

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