An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 12, 2017
In the church year, the weeks leading to Christmas are traditionally a time to think of last things—or in theological terms, the “eschaton,” the end. Those of us in northern climates know this intuitively as rain turns to snow, and the sun rises later and sets earlier. We all know it is coming—that time when time will end. We are born; and we die. What will it be like for us? The “eschaton” can get very personal.
“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande
In “Being Mortal” bestselling author and surgeon, Atul Gawande, tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
Join us for this study during Advent, led by Rev. Grant Story and Dr. Rebecca Reilly. We will meet Tuesday evenings on November 28, December 5 and December 12, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. in Pastor Marshall’s office. Copies of “Being Mortal” are available from Amazon.