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Supporting Parishioners in Critical Health Care Decisions - A Forum for Pastors and Ministry Leaders

  • Multnomah University JCA President's Dining Room 8435 NE Glisan St. Portland (map)

Pastors rightly spend a lot of time focusing on the eternal well-being of the souls in their care, yet often feel ill-prepared to help parishioners navigate decisions regarding the end of their earthly lives. Does recognizing the sanctity of life require a Christian to do everything possible to prolong their lives, regardless of suffering or burden? Might it be, instead, that God is calling His child home and medical technology is standing in the way? In this seminar, a palliative care physician who is an ordained minister will provide concrete advice and resources for pastors about how to prepare their congregations both practically as well as spiritually for the end of life. A major focus will be on encouraging parishioners to complete an advance directive for health care, and how to guide them through the challenging process of deciding “how much is too much,” naming a health care surrogate, and continuing to care—even when they are incapacitated—for the people they love by providing guidance in medical decision-making. Following the talk, a panel of two pastors, a counselor and a lawyer will respond followed by a time of interaction with those in attendance.

Keynote Presenter: Rev. Dr. Bob Macauley, the Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.

Panelists:
-Pastor Tom Schiave, Gateway ChurchPastor
-Jim Sequeira, Cascade View Covenant Church
-Dr. Kristen White, Director, Master of Arts in Counseling, Multnomah University
-Attorney Justin Curtiss, Landerholm, P.S.

Free Continental Breakfast Provided

This is a free event, but since breakfast is included, please register by October 16.

Earlier Event: October 21
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Later Event: October 28
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