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Talking about death is difficult, but one of the most appropriate places for this sensitive conversation is church. The tenets of our faith provide redemptive healing, hope and support.We live in the bounty of God’s grace and we ought to die in like manner.

We are all aging together regardless of our age. With the aging of the baby boomers Americans are facing an unprecedented demographic shift. And although most people want to avoid thinking, talking, and making decisions about the end of life, the consequences of not having the discussion can be stressful for pastor and congregants and family. With Graceful Journey people learn how to have those conversations, and to make decisions on the basis of deeply-held religious beliefs, surrounded by a caring community of faith.

Graceful Journey helps people think about decisions that need to be made at the end of life, offers tools to talk about and make those decisions, and encourages congregations to provide care that helps families experience the end of life as a graceful journey.

Graceful Journey can give you and your congregation the tools to begin the conversation with family and loved ones. Fill out an interest form or contact Helen Jackson Lockett-El at (612) 230-3345.

Graceful Journey is a project of the Minnesota Council of Churches in partnership with Honoring Choices Minnesota.

Participating Congregations

If you are curious about a Graceful Journey presentation, click here for a list of upcoming presentations and to register.

The following congregations have already hosted a Graceful Journey presentation:

  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul
  • St. Cecelia's, St. Paul
  • St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Paul
  • Salem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
  • House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope
  • Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
  • St. James Lutheran Church, Crystal
  • Wesley United Methodist, Hibbing
  • Elim Lutheran Church, Robbinsdale
  • Chisholm United Methodist, Hibbing
  • St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, St. Paul
  • Progressive Missionary Baptist, St. Paul
  • Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis

Is your congregation interested in being part of this project? Fill out our interest form.

Find out how you can become a Faith Ambassador.

Current Faith Ambassadors click here for materials.

Individuals or congregations interested in training or hosting a conversation should contact Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Program Organizer, at (612) 230-3345.

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