death and dying

The Rev. Jason Valendy says that the Church Universal needs to face up to the reality that many of its congregations are dying, and equip pastors to serve in churches "on hospice." Read more

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Nothing is as "either/or" as we've been led to believe, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. It's beyond "both and" to an "and also" reality. Read more


Three deaths in one weekend in the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's small, close-knit island community lead him to ponder how ill-prepared most Americans are to deal with life's certain reality of death. Read more

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If we only cling to life, we miss the gospel message that death does not have the last word. Now there's an app for that, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. Read more


God as Architect

Art Courtesy R. L. Bryant

In the contrast of two very different funerals, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant finds a sacred encounter with God "being God" in the face of death. Read more

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The situation around British baby Charlie Gard reminds us that as much as life and death hurt, we make it ever so much worse by denying that death is not inevitable, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. It is. For all of us. Read more

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Hayden Valley

Photo Courtesy of Ken Hagler

Marking the one-year anniversary of his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken Hagler looks back on how his life has changed as he moved through his grief. Read more

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When the grieving of a community seems endless, the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant's counsel is to rely on practices of presence, not empty platitudes. Read more

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The death of her beloved mother-in-law, Evelyn Grebe, resurrects the age-old questions about the deepest mysteries of life and death, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

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Spinoza on Death

Photo Courtesy of Richard L. Bryant

The best response to the Orlando shootings, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant, is to live each day in ways that deny death's hold on life's goodness. Read more

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Photo Courtesy of Ken L. Hagler

For all that he tried to prepare himself for his wife Heather's death from cancer, the Rev. Ken L. Hagler finds that nothing could have prepared for the truth. Read more

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UPDATE: Heather Hagler, wife of the Rev. Ken L. Hagler, died June 12 after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Read more

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Grieving over death isn't merely appropriate, it's necessary, because it keeps us in touch with the fact that God, too, knows the heartache of losing a loved one, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. Read more

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Glad to Be Alive

The Rev. Thomas Lane Butts reflects on the joy of living as the new year of 2013 begins. Read more

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