Workshop 3: Beliefs and Practices – What Happens When We Die?

Workshop 3: Beliefs and Practices – What Happens When We Die?
Workshop 3: Beliefs and Practices – What Happens When We Die?

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  • In the wake of each loss we are inclined to curse the existence that deals out so many hardships, but many Unitarian Universalists emerge...
  • Activity Time Opening 5 minutes Activity 1: Cultural and Family Beliefs and Practices 40 minutes Activity 2: Journaling 15 minutes Activity...
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Our Covenant from Workshop 1 Handout 1, Looking...
  • Read materials listed in Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 3, from Workshop 2. Post Our Covenant from Workshop 1. Customize and make...
  • Light the chalice and share these words from the Omaha Nation: No one has found a way to avoid death, To pass around it; Those old ones who...
  • Share this quote from "An Outline of Different Cultural Beliefs at the Time of Death," a resource for health-care workers in the Australian...
  • Call attention to the available color pencils, markers, pens, and pencils. Invite participants to write or draw, responding individually in...
  • Share this quote from “The Science of Near-Death Experiences” by Gideon Lichfield: As medical technology continues to improve, it’s...
  • Invite participants to reflect on their own theology of death. What happens to a person after death? Allow five minutes for participants to...
  • Share with participants any updates on upcoming plans. Distribute Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 4, and Handout 2, All Our Losses...
  • Share these closing words from Kate Walker: Our beliefs are varied, but we are united by our mortality. We may not know death, but we know...
  • Make a time for individual reflection and discussion with your co-leader after the conclusion of the workshop. Consider these questions:...
  • In the wake of each loss we are inclined to curse the existence that deals out so many hardships, but many Unitarian Universalists emerge...
  • This text is from a 1988 UUA pamphlet written by John H. Nichols. Used with permission. Turning points When our parents left us at summer...
  • Excerpted from Liberal Religion's Response to Loss , 1985 Minns Lectures, by John H. Nichols. Reprinted with permission of author. Some...

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