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God is ever forming life PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

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Whether it is the earth and heavens, human life, transformation of the human spirit, or preparation for eternity at earthly life's end, God is always forming new life!

Photos of galaxies always startle me. That's not only because they are beautiful and vast, but because they appear so similar to the formation of a child in the womb. Like me, perhaps you have wondered, "What is God forming out there in space?" "What will it be when He finishes?"

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Pastoral guidebook on end of life holds potential & pitfall, Part IV PDF Print E-mail

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This is Part IV in a seven-part blog series analyzing a resolution coming to the PCUSA General Assembly on the end of life. The paper titled, "Abiding Presence: Living Faithfully in End of Life Decisions," forms the rationale of the resolution and is offered to the church as a pastoral guide to end of life conversation. Click to read:Part I ,Part II, or Part III.

As use of technology increases at end of life patients spend longer periods of time in medical facilities at the end of life. At the same time 80% of people, according to the pastoral guidebook for end of life ministry being proposed to the 222nd General Assembly of the PCUSA, express a preference for dying at home. Hospice makes that possible.

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Pastoral guidebook on end of life holds potential & pitfall, Part III PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 1248572 XS cropPASTORAL SUPPORT AND THE CLASH OF CULTURES

This is Part III in a seven-part blog series analyzing a resolution coming to the PCUSA General Assembly on the end of life. The paper titled, "Abiding Presence: Living Faithfully in End of Life Decisions," forms the rationale of the resolution and is offered to the church as a pastoral guide to end of life conversation. Click to read Part I or Part II.

I am not a pastor, but I found this part of the paper to be educational and helpful. I found little to criticise so will summarize with few words of response (italics).

Section B of the End of Life Pastor's Guide explores two key questions pastors may have about their role in supporting congregation members making end of life decisions in the healthcare environment. The first question posed for pastors is: "What does it mean to live faithfully and die well, and how can I contribute to this task as a spiritual leader?"

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Pastoral guidebook on end of life holds potential & pitfall, Part II PDF Print E-mail

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This is Part II in a seven-part blog series analyzing a resolution coming to the PCUSA General Assembly on the end of life. The paper titled, “Abiding Presence: Living Faithfully in End of Life Decisions,” forms the rationale of the resolution and is offered to the church as a pastoral guide to end of life conversation. Part one of the blog series can be found here.

Part II The Introduction and Contextual Settings

I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. (Romans 8:38-39)
I love that this “handbook for caregivers,” opens with this scripture.
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End of Life pastoral guidebook holds potential and pitfall, Part I PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

GA Portland

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy brings a resolution (Item 11-14) for commissioner approval to the Presbyterian Church (USA) 222nd General Assembly meeting in Portland, Oregon June 18-25, 2016. The resolution includes a pastoral guidebook, a statement of affirmation, and recommendations for conversation and advocacy. It's long—49 pages—but the subject is critically important for human lives and so it what the church says about life at its end matters, just as what the church says about life in the womb is of critical importance. So, I am taking a literal and figurative big breath and plunging into a blog series to analyze this piece of business coming to the PCUSA with both potential and pitfall.

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