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Exploring Faith Traditions in the Hospital Setting - August

Date: 08/17/2023

Join Us as We Celebrate Faith Traditions in Our Hospital Setting

Bangor, Maine (August 14, 2023) - To foster a more understanding and inclusive community, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center launched a series of monthly information sessions for hospital staff and our communities. Doug Cotta, spiritual care coordinator, moderates the sessions, which focus on various faith traditions and ideologies and how to provide respect and support within healthcare.  

Our August session is Thursday, August 17 from 1 to 2 pm, and will explore the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. This special session will feature Jerry Paradis & Lucas Litchhult from the Hospital Liaison Committee for Jehovah’s Witnesses who will discuss Jehovah’s Witnesses in the hospital setting.

Doug envisions these conversations as a path to community building. “We are working to bring the community together,” he says. “The best way to do this is to understand where we each come from, and it is our goal that by doing these sessions it will strengthen the bonds of community.” Doug’s hope is for people to gain a greater understanding of faith and culture in healthcare and beyond, while working to create meaningful connections.

Community members are welcome to attend the Zoom meeting by using this link:

Media interested in attending the session in person or learning more about how Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center is celebrating diversity through these sessions may coordinate an interview by contacting Marketing and Communications at 207.973.9530 or