March -- 2019
LENTEN BOOK DISCUSSION – BEING MORTAL
As you know, we are entering the Lenten season. Lent is a time of repentance and fasting. Lent is a time of preparation for the coming of our Risen Lord. Lent is also a time of self-examination and reflection. For that reason, your SCF Stephen Ministry team felt Lent is the perfect time to offer a study of Atul Gawande’s best-selling book, "Being Mortal.” Just as Lent calls us, Gawande calls us to self-examine; to reflect, and to prepare for what will be, for all of us, the last few chapters in the rest of our lives here on earth. We’ll examine the process of aging in a modern world and how that process can, and in many ways does, conflict with modern medical practices. “Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should. Riveting, honest, and humane, “Being Mortal” shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life–all the way to the very end.” We’ll also examine the hard “end of life” questions and we'll offer a few tools that we believe will help YOU start these difficult discussions with YOUR loved ones. The study will begin Sunday, March 17 from 12:00 to 1:30 and continue for five Sundays, ending April 14. Each session will operate as a “facilitated” discussion group modeled after our well-received study of Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart two years ago. In order to keep group sizes at a level where everyone has time to participate, we have reserved all three available rooms and each room will have its own facilitator(s). Each of the first 4 weeks will focus on 2 of the book’s 8 chapters while the fifth week will focus on two resources we believe will help you have these difficult discussions in your own lives. You will need to acquire your own book. The Deschutes Public Library System has 20 print copies, 2 of which are “large print” versions. Additionally, they make it available as an e-book and an audiobook. Deon Stonehouse at Sunriver Books and Music has copies available at a 10% discount for those who mention they are in the SCF book study group.