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May 9 & 10: Faith and Health Workshops

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd

The Conversation Project in New Mexico is holding two events on May 9 and 10 regarding the intersection of faith and the health care wishes of congregants. Both the morning event for clergy and the evening event for the community feature Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, who will be visiting New Mexico for this special day of learning and talking. The public is welcome to attend both events.

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd

The Rev. Rosemary Lloyd is dedicated to supporting clergy and congregations in having vital conversations about our unique wishes for care through the end of life. A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School, Rosemary has a life-long interest in end-of-life care and ethics that are fueled by her experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer. She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, a graduate of the Metta Institute for Compassionate End-of-Life Care, and an advocate for deepening the spiritual practice of embracing the reality of our mortality for the sake of having more joy in life.

FOR CLERGY: FAITH AND HEALTH?  LET’S TALK

As leaders and professionals in New Mexico’s faith communities, you play a special role in supporting the health and well-being of those whom you serve. To thank you for all you do, and to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on how best to help those in your communities who now…or will…face a serious illness, either their own or that of a loved one…

The New Mexico Conversation Project (NMCP) invites you to join us, the Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, and professional colleagues from across New Mexico’s interfaith community, for a morning workshop to explore the many ways that you, as a faith leader or professional, might initiate and support those important health and quality of life conversations we all should have, sooner rather than later.

This FREE INVITATIONAL WORKSHOP for New Mexico’s faith leaders and professionals, is designed to explore resources, share experiences and develop strategies for encouraging members of their faith communities to “Have the Conversation” about their health care wishes and quality of life values, especially in times of serious illness.

WHEN: 8:30-11:30 AM, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Refreshments will be provided.

WHERE: Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, 1801 Montaño Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM

COST: FREE, thanks to the generosity of The Conversation Project.

RSVP: To attend; find out more about the workshop, our local New Mexico and the national Conversation Project(s); learn about Rev. Rosemary Lloyd who is helping faith communities throughout the U.S. to “Have the Conversation;” or all of the above, please contact: Joan M. Gibson (NMCP): joanmgibson72@gmail.com

FOR THE PUBLIC: YOUR HEALTH? YOUR CHOICE. LET’S TALK!

FREE ADVANCE CARE PLANNING HEALTH FAIR.

5:30-8:00 PM   Wednesday May 10, 2018

Good Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church

1801 Montaño Rd. Albuquerque, NM

Good parking. Refreshments. Professionals to answer your questions. Free resources and handouts (in English and Spanish) to take home. A short program featuring national speaker Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, along with fellow New Mexicans, sharing stories about:

“HAVING THE CONVERSATION: HOW IT HELPS WHEN YOU DO. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T.”

We all know how important it is to think and talk about our health care values ahead of time, so those values are respected in times of serious illness.

How should we start that conversation? What about family members who don’t want to talk about it? How should we talk to our doctors? What role does faith play? What resources are available to us here in New Mexico?

5:30-6:00     Refreshments. Visit tables, check out resources.

6:00-7:00     “Having the Conversation: Why it Matters” – Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, visiting speaker courtesy of the national Conversation Project and New Mexicans telling their own personal stories.

7:00-8:00      Visit with professionals about: advance directives, legal issues, talking with your health care provider, different faith perspectives, hospice and palliative care, assisted living and long term care, bringing young people into the conversation, diverse cultural values, and much more.

More information on both events:

New Mexico Conversation Project: http://conversationprojectnewmexico.org

National “The Conversation Project:” http://theconversationproject.org

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd: http://theconversationproject.org/about/rosemary-lloyd/

Contact:  joanmgibson72@gmail.com

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