(We are gathering again this week. Randi Beyerl is leading the discussion. See you Monday, at the Tap House, 5:30-7:00pm. -Paul)
Greetings Public Theology goers,
This week I (Randi) will be leading our Monday night gathering at the Tap House. Our discussion will center on death/loss and how we cope. Below are a couple of articles I found interesting, but feel free to bring your own experience or reading materials to the discussion table. I have listed some reflection questions below as well. See you Monday!
Articles and Questions:
This is an article based on a radio conversation on Minnesota Public Radio. The audio of the conversation is 36 minutes, but there is a 4-minute video synopsis at the bottom of the page:
This next article is from the Huffington Post. Dr. Karen Wyatt wrote it. Here is some information about her and the link to her article:
Karen M. Wyatt, MD is a family physician who has spent much of her 25 year career as a hospice medical director, caring for dying patients in their homes. The author of “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying,” Dr. Wyatt has lectured and written extensively on end-of-life issues with an emphasis on the spiritual aspect of illness and dying.
As you reflect on this topic and the articles, consider these questions:
- How have you experienced loss or death in your life?
- How did your faith impact that experience?
- How did that experience impact your faith?
- What Bible verses, spiritual practices, or coping mechanisms do you turn to?
- Do you think our world struggles with loss and grief? Why or why not?
- Reflect on Jesus’ encounters with loss and death (during his life and his own death). What can we learn from Him?