Classes at The Center

“Speaking of Dying: Living Deeply, Dying Well” – Center Easter Classes

Wednesday, May 3, 7-8:30 pm in the Parish Hall
Speaking of Dying
Speaking of Dying is a documentary film intended to inspire viewers to reflect on and speak openly about their end-of-life hopes and to motivate us through the words and stories of patients, family members, and medical providers who are facing these issues to make end-of-life plans. The film “is part of a growing shift in awareness and attitudes about end-of-life challenges and choices. It illustrates the benefits that are available to each of us.” It teaches us that “planning can be life affirming and life changing.”

Trudy James, producer of the documentary, will be on hand after for conversation.  A graduate of the University of Kansas and Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Trudy is an interfaith chaplain. She came to understand death and grief in new and deeper ways from working for many years with AIDS patients and their care teams. She was honored by President Clinton at the White House for this work. After retiring, Trudy created “Heartwork” to offer end-of-life planning sessions. The film is a fruit of her desire to ensure that everyone knows a peaceful ending is possible.

“Living Deeply, Dying Well” Follow-up Sessions

Wednesdays, May 10, 17, and 24, 7:00-8:30pm in the Parish Hall
These succeeding sessions will give us the opportunity to continue the discussions and reflections prompted by the film Speaking of Dying and to gain concrete knowledge to help our own consideration.

May 10: “Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Options” with Rector Rich Weyls
Advance care planning is not just for older adults. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, making plans for the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you want while avoiding treatments that you don’t . . .  even when doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.  We will explore the importance of advance directives such as the “living will,” Five Wishes, durable powers of attorney for healthcare, and POLST forms (Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment).  We will also look at various options seriously ill patients and families experience as they approach the end of life.  This talk is relevant for ALL adults who wish to direct their healthcare or that of a loved one.

May 17: “Even at the Grave We Make Our Song” with Center Program Director Cherry Haisten  We will explore the burial rite in the Book of Common Prayer and imagine our own funerals. How do we want to remember and be remembered?

May 24: “Practicing Resurrection” with Assisting Priest and Center Co-Director Terry Steig
Explore with Terry how we understand resurrection life.   

To reply or ask questions, contact 523-7476, ext. 304, or email

Easter Wednesday Evenings at The Center in May
Centering Prayer 5:45, Supper 6:15, Classes 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday evenings include not only classes but Centering Prayer in the Chapel and supper in the Parish Hall. A $10 donation is requested for supper, or you can pay for all four suppers ahead for $35. There is no fee for the Easter class series on “Living Deeply, Dying Well.” Suggested donation of $10 per class, or whatever amount you are comfortable with, gratefully accepted at the door. RSVP’s very much appreciated for supper and class to help with planning.

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