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Let’s Talk About Death and Dying

✦ life is a gift from God, to be received with thanksgiving; ✦ the integrity of the life processes which God has created should be respected; both birth and death are part of these life processes; ✦ both living and dying should occur within a caring community; ✦ a Christian perspective mandates respect for each person; such respect includes giving due recognition to each person’s carefully considered preferences regarding treatment decisions; and ✦ hope and meaning in life are possible even in times of suffering and adversity, a truth powerfully proclaimed in the resurrection faith of the church.

National Blood Donor Month

by Pastoral Intern Elle Dowd January is National Blood Donor Month, a time where we recognize the importance of donating blood. Blood donation is meaningful for my family on a personal level.  In 2011, my spouse Adam contracted Malaria after visiting our children in Sierra Leone. You can read more about that experience here (https://dowdsermonizing.wordpress.com/2018/02/09/love-is-strong-as-death/). 

Here, Now, This

Dear St. Luke’s, “Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of all people…” (Luke 2:31) The past year of our life together has been full of struggle and hope. Many of us suffered loss,