Fri, Jun 17, 2022 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
RSVP at ucv.im/deathcafe
Vancouver Unitarians have been talking about sponsoring a Death Café for the past couple years as a place for folks of differing beliefs, theologies, backgrounds, and ages to come talk about one thing we all have in common–mortality!
Death Café was founded by Jon Underwood based on the work of Bernard Crettaz. It is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives, or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session; it promotes straightforward and open dialogue about death. The objective is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.’
Cake and light refreshments will be served, and we will spark conversation in small groups of 3-4 people. You bring your questions, curiosities, anxieties, and hopes to the table and the group discussion grows from the collective willingness to dive deep into the implications of our shared mortality.
RSVP at ucv.im/deathcafe if you:
a. Want to talk about death with various generations of adults
b. Are curious and open about talking with people who may have different views or beliefs than you do
c. Are not freshly grieving a current or recent loss
d. Are not looking for counseling, pastoral care, or emotional support from this conversation
e. Consider yourself an adult (or are usually perceived as one!)
See deathcafe.com/what for background and information about what to expect. If you are grieving a new or deep loss and want additional support, please reach out to Rev. Lara Cowtan at email@example.com who can connect you with pastoral care resources in our congregation.
Meet your Facilitator and Host
Facilitator: Luke Moore has lived a rich life involving much travel and eclectic spiritual exploration. Born and raised on the wild west coast to back-to-the land parents who had little respect for mainstream cultural norms, he knew from an early age that transgressing boundaries was a big part of his DNA. His passion for music led him to study with a legendary clarinet master in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lived for 5 years, and then to Montreal, where he earned his first degree in music from Concordia University. Since returning to BC, he has earned a second degree in Education from SFU and is now a high school teacher. His interest in holding a death cafe was partly provoked by events surrounding the recent death of his own mother. These moved him to seek more opportunities for honest and open-hearted dialogue about death. He lives with his wife and son in East Vancouver.
Host: Kiersten Moore loves hosting spaces that invoke conversations of deep meaning. Small talk is not her forte, but she loves listening and sharing good food and conversation. She also loves any excuse to serve cake. This type of event evokes the most enjoyable aspects of her role as Lifespan Faith Director with Vancouver Unitarians.