Table of Contents: July 31, 2019

 Conversation Sabbath 2019 i s 3 Months Away ! CS2019

The lazy, hazy days of summer may be on the calendar, but we know that some readers are already in planning gear for the fall. To inspire you to bring advance care planning conversations into your sermon or programming this year, please take a look at the resources we've compiled on our   Faith Resource page.

Also, please take this brief survey that will help us learn more about your participation in Conversation Sabbath (both past and future).

We would love to learn how you might tie your faith's teachings and exemplars to a sermon that gives courage to congregants to begin having The Conversation within the comfort and familiarity of community. Are there texts or times that lend themselves particularly well to conversation-related themes? Share your ideas with us in an email to!

Upcoming Community Call

Whether you are new to the idea of talking in your congregation about what matters most about living and dying, or have been organizing Conversation Sabbath for years, we hope you will join us for the next Community Call on Wednesday, August 21, 3-4:00 Eastern Rev. Rosemary Lloyd will be joined by the inspiring team from Larimer Advance Care , Mindy Rickard and Eva Ireland, to share lessons learned in working with faith communities on advance care planning conversations. There will be ample time to share your experience and questions during this webinar. If you can't be on the call and have questions you  want to be sure we address, please send us an email.  Click here to register for the call!

A Conversation with Tembi Locke: Love, Loss and Fava Beans

Caring for Caregivers is a pressing concern in communities. Addressing the challenges-and blessings-of being a caregiver at any age is a rich topic for a sermon or program. In her New York Times bestselling memoir,  From Scratch Tembi Locke invites readers into her heart and on a journey through romance, caregiving, grief, and healing. The Conversation Project talked with Locke about her beloved husband Saro, their conversations about his end-of-life wishes, and the profound loss that influenced her to keep having loving conversations. You can read her interview in two parts (and one of the recipes inspired by her culinary adventures with Saro) here: Part 1, Part 2.
News from the Field

Over the past years,  Bethel AME Church has dedicated their energy, time and efforts to launching a ministry called Planning Ahead. This program not only prompts congregants to think critically about what matters most to them, it also encourages them to think about how their faith speaks to the values they would like to have honored towards the end of their lives. Click here to read Bethel's case study where they share their successes, challenges and insight around what it was like to meaningfully engage their congregation in having the conversation in a faith-based setting.

"What does this work mean to them spiritually? Pastor Gloria White-Hammond notes, 'There is an extended, eternal goal in this work: it helps [congregants] spiritually to connect with God, build stronger relations with family, get rid of fear about death and talk about it. It is their healing balm.'"
 Download the Getting Started Guide for Congregations

 This guide is designed to help congregational leaders introduce The Conversation Project's mission and free resources in the communities they know and serve. It is filled with examples of how diverse faith communities are encouraging their congregants to engage in thoughtful reflection and have conversations about their end-of-life care wishes with loved ones and health care providers. Click here to download the Guide.

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Wishing you a healthy and restorative summer,
Rosemary Lloyd and  Naomi Fedna for The Conversation Project 

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The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Our free Starter Kit can help you talk to your loved ones about this difficult topic.