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


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?"

Call to Prayer in Ordinary Time Print E-mail
Written by Deborah Hollifield   

Prayer-graphic March23sq"Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own...God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open..." Ephesians 6:13-18 (The Message)

Equal Rights Institute teaches tips for dialogue Print E-mail

"To train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively."

UC Davis Equal Rights InstThat's the mission of the Equal Rights Institute, a new pro-life organization founded by brothers Josh and Tim Brahm. I attended their recent all day training in Sacramento and followed it up with two days at University of California, Davis where we dialogued with students. The training taught me to use three essential skills: ask questions, listen to understand, and find common ground when possible.

“Is there any good news?” Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 107474853 SI answered the phone in the office of Presbyterians Pro-Life a couple of years ago and a pastor asked me, "Is there any good news?" I don't remember the details of our conversation, but the question stuck. Rather suddenly, during a post Easter cantata last Sunday morning, the answer came: For those of us in Christ, there is always good news. Jesus is alive! Ultimately that is everything that matters. The follow up question for each of us is, "How am I communicating to the world that Jesus is Life and that he is the Lord of life?"

Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Mar. 18 Print E-mail

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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has set aside March 18 for celebrating six million very special people worldwide. They are participants in our churches, families, workplaces, and schools and when allowed to be born they are living longer and healthier lives. In 1983, those born with Down Syndrome had a life expectancy of only 25 years. Today, those allowed to be born can expect to live 60 years. Last week the oldest living man with Down Syndrome, Kenny Cridge, celebrated his 76th birthday!

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