Journeying with those who are dying
The call to Faithfully Journey with those who are dying
The 2019 ELCIC National Convention adopted The Call to Faithfully Journey with those who are Dying: An ELCIC Resolution as a resource for reflecting the core theological values that will guide us as we seek to faithfully respond to our current context.
In identifying theological values, our prespectives become most real, and most challenged when we encounter personal stories. Always, we begin with the person created in the image of a God. We may well have had the experience of feeling anxious and unsure of what to say or do. The circumstances of each peron's death are unique, and the final journey of one affects many: family, friends, faith community, heath-care professionals and insitutions.
As we make life's journey, it is vitally important to use practices that open our hearts and minds to hearing God's voice. Along with our reflections, throughout the resolution we offer words to encourage and challenge us as we make this journey. These have been titled Dwelling in the Word.
The convention also adopted three implementing motions on
- Resources on Spiritual Care
- Support for Access to Palliative Care
- Support for Access to Mental Health Care Services
The process of developing these resolutions began at the 2015 ELCIC National Convention. The ELCIC's National Church Council (NCC) established a Task Force to encourage conversations across our church regarding the needs of people in times of death and dying, to review our 1997 entitled Decisions at the End of Life, and to make recommended updates. At the September 2018 NCC meeting, the Task Force submitted its final report and NCC made recommendations to the 2019 convention.
Theological reflection papers by give ELCIC theologians, along with two documents prepared by the Anglican Church of Canada, are available as additional resources for reflection.
The ELCIC continues to gather resources on spiritual care.
For additional information, contact Rev. Paul Gehrs, Assistant to the Bishop, Justice and Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org.