To Life!

By Rev. Catherine Lawrence  •  November 26, 2020

Our lives have been radically altered this year as we reflect upon gratitude and prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. Community spreading of the coronavirus and maintaining healthy practices has eliminated our age-old family traditions of gathering together to give thanks. Sadly, this has always been my favorite tradition. I love to begin our meal, gathered around a large table, as each member individually offers specific thanks for the year’s blessings. Then, we enjoy each other, good food and..

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By Guest Blogger  •  March 31, 2020

Reprinted with permission from Ira Byock, MD, chief medical officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence health system. His books include Dying Well, The Four..

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By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  March 20, 2020

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