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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

Watch this to learn more about Graceful Journey.

The following congregations have already hosted a Graceful Journey presentation:

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Stillwater
St. Cecelia's, St. Paul Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Minneapolis
St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Paul St. John's United Church of Christ, Faribault
Mayflower UCC, Minneapolis Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville
Salem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Richfield
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Dayton Ave. Presbyterian Church, St. Paul
St. James Lutheran Church, Crystal Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Park
Wesley United Methodist, Hibbing Beaver Lake Lutheran Church, Maplewood
Elim Lutheran Church, Robbinsdale Oasis Church, Rochester
Chisholm United Methodist, Hibbing Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, St. Paul Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield
Progressive Missionary Baptist, St. Paul House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Oakdale
Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake
St. John's UCC, Faribault St. Odilia Catholic Church, Shoreview
First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater Augustana Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Peace UCC, St. Cloud Zion Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina

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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