2013 Making Disciples Conference
Holy Dying: A faithful approach to end-of-life issues
Saturday, August 24
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
$20 / person or $150 / group of 10
2013 Making Disciples Conference – Flyer & Registration

ESMGrace Episcopal Church is pleased to host this year’s Making Disciples Conference, sponsored by the Episcopal School for Ministry. This diocesan event offers an opportunity to reflect on the personal and engage in the theological issues surrounding death and dying.

Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. The day includes large- and small-group presentations and discussions from ordained and lay experts. Topics include estate planning, advance directives, funeral planning and hospice care. We will celebrate Holy Eucharist and enjoy lunch together. The event concludes at 2 p.m.

The Rev. Pamela Dolan, Rector at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country, will be one of the presenters. She recently wrote about her experience caring for her dying stepfather:

There is so much uncertainty around the dying process, and few of us have much to say in how or where we die. But I do wish people would give it more thought, and put their desires in writing. As difficult as it is to get beyond, “I’d like to die in my sleep, without warning,” it would be helpful to be more realistic.
(click here to read the complete article.)

 

The conference promises to be a valuable tool for all, especially Eucharistic Visitors, Stephen’s Ministers and other pastoral visitors. Through speakers, panel discussions and break-out workshops, the conference will help EVs and others learn how to be present, what to say and what not to say to individuals and families dealing with end-of-life issues.

The cost of the conference is $20 per person or $150 for a group of 10. Advance registration is encouraged. Contact Janis Greenbaum at Grace Church for more information. Download a registration form here: 2013 Making Disciples Conference – Flyer & Registration. Please make checks payable to Episcopal School for Ministry.

The Episcopal School for Ministry is a community of faith, forming disciples of Jesus for all the ministries of the baptized. Our annual conferences bring together people from throughout our diocese for a day of education, fellowship and worship. ESM also offers extended programs in Theological Formation, Congregational Development and much more. For more information about ESM, please contact the Rev. Dan Handschy, Dean of the Episcopal School for Ministry.

 

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