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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, with many experiencing dementia. 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 MCC at (612) 230-3344.

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:

AARP, Minneapolis Northfield United Methodist Church, Northfield
Ascension Episcopal Church, Stillwater Oak Meadows Senior Living, Oakdale
Augustana Lutheran Church, St. Paul Oasis Church, Rochester
Beaver Lake Lutheran Church, Maplewood Our Savior's Lutheran Church, New Ulm
Berean Baptist Church, Burnsville Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Stillwater
Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield Peace UCC, St. Cloud
Brooklyn Park Evangelical Church, Brooklyn Park Plymouth Creek Christian Church, Plymouth
Chaska Moravian Church, Chaska Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Park
Chisholm United Methodist, Hibbing Progressive Missionary Baptist, St. Paul
Christ's Community Church, Maple Grove Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Crest View Lutheran Home, Columbia Heights Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville
Dayton Ave. Presbyterian Church, St. Paul Sacred Heart Parish, Sauk Rapids
Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Salem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Elim Lutheran Church, Robbinsdale Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake
Epworth United Methodist Church, Minneapolis Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, St. Paul
First Lutheran Church, St. James St. Cecilia's, St. Paul
First Presbyterian Church, Hibbing St. James Lutheran Church, Crystal
First Presbyterian Church, Stillwater St. John's Lutheran Church, Annandale
First United Methodist Chirch, Sartell St. John's UCC, Faribault
Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Virginia St. Mark Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Glenwood United Parish Congregation, Glenwood St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church, Minneapolis
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, Richfield
Grace Lutheran Church, St. Paul St. Odilia Catholic Church, Shoreview
Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, St. Paul
Hibbing Rotary, Hibbing Sunrise United Methodist Church, Mounds View
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids
House of Hope Lutheran Church, New Hope Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
House of Prayer Lutheran Church, Oakdale UMC Parish Nurses, St. Cloud
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amelund United Lutheran Church, Red Wing
Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, Minneapolis Wesley United Methodist, Hibbing
Lumen Christi Catholic Church, St. Paul Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis
Mayflower UCC, Minneapolis Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pat Tommet
Normandale Hylands UMC, Bloomington Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina Zion Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove

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 MCC at (612) 230-3344.

Learn how to become a dementia-friendly congregation.

Find Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease-related resources for congregations.

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