Sundays April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, and May 8th from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Our ancestors were very in touch with death -- it was everywhere. Children died, farm animals died, crops died... Wherever one looked, there was death. As we've become more and more disconnected from the land, and as medical science has progressed, many have never seen death. Those who have are taught to cover it up -- we hide those who are dying away in dark rooms, and we try to make the dead look like they're alive. With the constant reminder of death, Christians of the past knew firsthand that, as the opening anthem at burial services puts it, whether we live or die we are the Lord's.
What does that mean for us today? How can we prepare for death? What should we do when someone close to us dies? Is it possible to embrace death in a healthy, Christian way? Over four sessions, the rector will lead a forum covering practical and theological aspects of death. In addition to Matt, speakers will include a hospice representative, a funeral home director, and others. Lunch will be provided. So that we know how many to prepare for, please contact Tom Parker in the church office to sign up for one or more of the Sundays.