Art of Dying Well in Christ

The Art of Dying Well in Christ

Sundays, August 21-November 6

6:15-7:30 PM |  Cornerstone Room 303

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8) 

Centuries ago, in the wake of the Black Plague, a text was published offering advice to help the living prepare for a good death. Written during the late Middle Ages, ars moriendiThe Art of Dying—made clear that to die well, one first had to live well and described what practices best help us prepare. 

Martin Luther and other reformers took The Art of Dying and transformed it to reflect the hope and assurance we have of eternal life in Christ.

In the 21st century, in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, the Church is once again poised to practice the presence of Jesus by showing the light and love of the Savior to the dying (i.e., everyone). This class will examine the practices of living well so we can die well. As we reframe the way we think about death, we will more carefully evaluate how we live day-to-day.

Text: The Lost Art of Dying: Reviving Forgotten Wisdom, by L. S. Dugdale (HarperOne, 2020)

Week 1 Video: Recovering the Lost Art of Dying by Dr. Lydia Dugdale

Week 2 Living and dying as mortal beings

Week 3 Living and dying as finite beings

Week 4 Living and dying as people made for community

Week 5 The time and place of death

Week 6 Dealing with the fear of dying

Week 7 Living as embodied souls

Week 8 Not the way it’s supposed to be – death as vandalized shalom

Week 9 The rituals surrounding death

Week 10 Flourishing in life and in death

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