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September 12, 2019 | by admin_user

Mrs. Carroll Levien, standing committee member, died the first week of September. She was a long-time, active member of St. Dunstan’s, San Diego, and she participated fully in the following: Episcopal Community Services (ECS), Daughters of the King, Episcopal Church Women at the church-wide level, diocesan convention planning team, and the general convention deputation. She […]

January 2, 2019 | by Vicki Bergstrom

Obituary: Peter Lodge Bergstrom 1946-2018 A person of boundless curiosity and joy in exploration, Peter Bergstrom was equally inspired by nature and by his fellow humans. As directors for 40 years of Camp Stevens Episcopal Camp and Conference Center in Julian, California, he and his wife Vicki created what they called “a peaceful place apart” […]

October 30, 2017 | by Babs Meairs

I had the privilege of being at my mother’s bedside when she died. As a seasoned hospital chaplain I have come to appreciate this opportunity to experience presence and transcendence as a holy moment, and it was especially important to me to share this with the woman who meant so much to me. Her last […]

October 24, 2017 | by Faye Girsh

Many people are willing to put up with prolonged, debilitating, sometimes painful ways to die because they think it’s sinful, selfish, or sacrilegious to choose the time and manner of their death. Or they think of hastening their inevitable death as suicide and they see that as wrong. Some believe that only God can take […]

October 20, 2017 | by Colleen Gritzen

The death of a beloved family pet, a relative or friend is just as hard for children as for adults. I am sharing this as a mother of two young children who have been in the trenches for about two years coping with multiple deaths and guiding my children to a healthy and safe place […]

September 28, 2017 | by Laura Sheridan Campbell

Despite having lost a father, mother, brother and close friend to death by the time I was 40, I have a fair bit of experience avoiding grief. Because it is so painful, there’s almost nothing I’d rather avoid more than grieving. In December 1985, my 31-year old brother, Tim, was killed in a peace-time military […]

September 26, 2017 | by Penny Bridges

What are your first thoughts when you consider the afterlife? Do you think of classic images of heaven or hell, do you tremble at the thought of judgment or smile with anticipation of bliss? Do you worry about loved ones who died before they ever embraced faith? In the gospels Jesus talks a lot about […]

September 22, 2017 | by Katharine Jefferts Schori

Have you ever asked yourself if you are (practicing resurrection)? It’s a useful question to consider when life brings change, disappointment, or grief. Do we respond to the unexpected by assuming the worst, or do we insist that God is undoubtedly up to something new and lively, even if we can’t see it yet? Jesus’ […]

August 1, 2017 | by Carl Chinn

In 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools, and in comparing 2016 to the most recent 10 years, it was the second in the number of violent crimes with deadly potential (with 246 deadly force incidents, following 2015 at 248). Year after year, domestic abuse spillover-when a fight at home […]

May 2, 2017 | by David Tremaine

In today’s gospel, we are reminded of the joy of the Easter Season, the promise and fullness of the resurrection, and yet, in the midst of this season of joy, we still experience the breathtaking swiftness of death and grief.  This week we were struck by the news of the sudden death of our dear […]

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