Gain insight into how Judaism, a Native American, Unitarian Universalists and a mystical Christian view the paranormal and how it fits into their beliefs during Truckee Meadows Community College’s “Religion and the Paranormal: A Panel Discussion” on Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at TMCC’s Meadowood Center in Reno. This noncredit class, which is part of the annual Nevada Ghost and Paranormal Series, costs $39.

Each panelist will give a presentation regarding ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, the afterlife and more. The remaining class time we’ll encourage discussion and questions in a casual environment where all views are treated with respect.

As a panelist, I’ll share my ideas about Christian mysticism and how the paranormal shaped and broadened my spiritual views. I’ll also explain why I think intuitive abilities and interacting with the spirit world are compatible with Christian beliefs.

Joining me are Rabbi ElizaBeth Beyer, Washo Spirit Guide Dahlahk Pahtahlngee and Unitarian Universalist Minister Catherine Linesch, who is also a bereavement and hospice counselor.

  • Rabbi ElizaBeth Beyer, a Kabbalist, serves as spiritual leader for two synagogues. She is the founding rabbi of Temple Beth Or, Reno, which is dedicated to experiencing G-d, encouraging music, text study and promoting Jewish learning. She also serves as the rabbi at North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation. She was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion in California, received master’s degrees in rabbinic studies and Jewish studies from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, a master’s in psychiatric nursing from the University of Maryland and a law degree from the Nevada School of Law.
  • The Rev. Catherine Linesch is a Unitarian Universalist minister. She has served congregations since 2002, and has been a bereavement and spiritual care counselor in hospital and hospice settings for 23 years. She is fascinated by all phenomena related to death and the many ways humans perceive their loved ones after the body has died.
  • Dahlahk Pahtahlngee, which in the Washo language means Mountain Eagle, is a descendent of the Washeshu (Washo), as well as a spirit guide, historian and teacher. Dahlahk, who studied under tribal elders, strives to provide insight into native spirituality. Visit his website.

Register for the class here.