In her new book, “Dessert First,” an author and former “death chaplain” encourages people to prepare for the practical parts of death.
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Eunice Sykes, seated, chats with Sharon Gentles, standing to the right, at the beginning of a dementia caregiver support group meeting at Sheila Welch's Marietta, Georgia, home. Welch, second from left, expanded her church's ministry after taking care of her mother for three years. Photos by Bita Honarvar
What started with a simple support group has grown to include online resources and gatherings that pursue its twofold mission: to help caregivers and to educate faith and community leaders. It’s part of a growing trend of congregations supporting the “invisible second patients” of dementia.
While writing about hospitality, an author wrestles with questions about who belongs at the table.
Dr. Jon Kocmond looks at photos of his family in his home office in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kocmond lost his 16-year-old son, Nathan, to suicide in the fall of 2017. He has since been active in the suicide support group at Christ Episcopal Church. Photos by Wendy Yang
A 6,400-member congregation in North Carolina has created a “wellness director” position after experiencing six suicides in five years.
Community and connection are the antidotes to loneliness, says an educator and writer. Hospitality can help bring about that healing.
At dinner table churches like Simple Church, simple meals and breadmaking facilitate deep conversations and communal friendship. Photo courtesy of Simple Church
The hope of the church lies in a commitment to feast with one another, writes the author of the new book, “We Will Feast.”
An associate pastor discovers the joy of accompanying people across actual thresholds with liturgical loving care.
When a Michigan pastor realized that his accountability group was too big, he came up with a new solution -- pairs.
To acquire the resilience necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world, pastors need people, practices and purpose, says the director of the Resilient Leaders Project.
A walkway at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Pennsylvania, which author L. Roger Owens visited, alone and with his family, over the course of a year. Photo by Rachel Handel
Instead of sinking into the feeling of being stuck, a seminary professor set a goal of taking 40 walks to mark his 40th birthday. He then wrote essays about the experience, reflecting on the burdens and the surprises of the middle stage of life.