Lauri Lebo: Finding Meaning as an Atheist in a Near Death Experience

On June 15, 2016, during a heart attack, Lauri Lebo's heart stopped and she suffered three cardiac arrests, meaning she was clinically dead. While doctors worked to restart her heart, she had what is commonly called a near-death experience. Many interpret these events as proof of the afterlife. But, can a near-death experience be interpreted through a scientific worldview, and can one still be changed (for the better) without seeing this as proof of God's existence? Through sharing her experience, she will talk about how she believes this is possible. 

About our Guest:

Lauri Lebo spent 20 years as a reporter, covering everything from the investigation of two 30-year-old unsolved murders that changed the accepted narrative of her hometown to the last Confederate casualty 135 years after the Battle of Gettysburg. In addition to Devil in Dover, she is also a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media on the subject of Evolution, Creationism and Objectivity in the Press. She was a blogger for Religion Dispatches about creationist attacks on evolution education and has written for Scientific American, Washington Spectator and Public Eye. She is now an activist for public education, working in communications for the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Also, she is a proud card-carrying member of the ACLU and served eight years on the Pennsylvania ACLU Board of Directors.


Childcare will again be available at this event on a very limited basis. Click here to reserve a spot.
(You must be a member of or join the LVH Families Meetup group, which we established to protect our children's privacy.)

Timeline for this event:

10:30 a.m. - coffee and conversation
11 a.m. - announcements, pre-show, and guest presentation
12:30 p.m. - lunch/brunch - plans to be announced


The Community Parking Deck is adjacent to this location and accessible from both 6th and Walnut Streets (both are one-way). Street parking is available, but limited; meters are not enforced on Sundays. Click here for more information.

June 03, 2018 at 11:00am - 12:30pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Jason Brocious · · 4848969045

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