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Message from our Director of Religious Education

WilliamsJaye150Happy New Year!! It will be wonderful to see our congregants and friends who don't return until January this month. I have heard from a number of you that you really don't pay as close attention to the goings on at UUCOV while you are out of the area, and I can completely understand. With that in mind, I want to focus on some upcoming programming ideas that came out of LIfespan partnering with Caring and Remembrance in November on Aging and End of Life. Kudos to Bev Morrison and Nancy Zarowin for much time devoted in support of making this theme of programming a reality.

With five sessions devoted to Aging and End of Life in November and early December, my takeaway is that this topic is of enormous importance and concern to significant numbers of not only our congregation, but the many from the general public who attended. In one of the small breakout groups I was a part of, two participants noted that as a result of the programming they had a first conversation with their adult children about their wishes when their life nears its end. That is huge!!!!

I do know that UUs are engaged and involved in many activities so for those of you who are just arriving back, and the 100+ people who attended one or more of the programs, here is advanced notice for your 2017 calendars. On Monday, February 6th we will provide a Prepare to Care workshop from 1-3pm. A special workbook will be provided to each participant and we will walk through and work through the workbook together, as the group consensus was that was the best follow-up programming to begin with.

Stay tuned for dates of programs on Euthanasia, Tidewell Palliative, Legal/Medical aspects and the not-to-be- forgotten Death Café. We will go......... sometimes bravely, sometimes with humor, perhaps a little better educated, but all of us together on this critical aspect of life's journey.