From Episcopalians to Buddhists, more than 30 congregations of different faiths nationwide will come together during Conversation Sabbath, Nov. 11 through 20, to focus on what the faithful have in common: a reluctance to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
Clergy, like doctors, are often not trained on how to have the kind of intimate, tender conversations people facing grave illness want with their religious leaders. The Conversation Project is providing practical tools and tips for gaining more skill and an impetus for preaching the crucial message that sharing our wishes for end-of-life care is a gift to our loved ones.
Religious institutions participating in Conversation Sabbath are celebrating a collective readiness to ground one’s wishes of end-of-life care in their faith, and share them with loved ones and clinicians. As word of Conversation Sabbath spreads, congregations are joining in California, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Arizona, Florida, New York, Massachusetts and abroad in Canada.
All religious faiths are welcome and pledging to join Conversation Sabbath is easy. Congregations can RSVP by clicking here or by contacting The Conversation Project’s advisor of faith based Initiatives Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, by email or phone (617) 359-3372, to ask questions or talk through programming ideas that might work well in your congregation.
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