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Transforming the Way We Talk About Dying in America

The faith community is a powerful voice for change.

Join the hundreds of congregations taking part in Conversation Sabbath, sharing each faith’s teachings on this critical topic and supporting congregants in having the conversation in familiar settings, and not during a medical crisis in the ICU. Register and find more information below.

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Getting Started Guide for Congregationscsk

This guide is designed to help congregational leaders introduce The Conversation Project’s mission and free resources in the communities they know and serve. It is filled with examples of how diverse faith communities are encouraging their congregants to engage in thoughtful reflection and have conversations about their end-of-life care wishes with loved ones and health care providers.




Have The Conversation: by Rev. Katy Hyman, BCC, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and First Congregational Church of Long Beach, CA

The Conversation: by Rabbi Esther Adler, Mount Zion Temple, Saint Paul, MN

Generation to Generation: by The Rev. Dr. Nancy S. Taylor, Senior Minister, Old South Church, Boston, MA

Lech L’cha- a Conversation Sabbath Dvar Torah: by Amy Shutkin, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Piedmont, CA

Let’s Have the Conversation: by Rabbi Carl M. Perkins, Temple Aliyah, Needham, MA

Talking Through Loss: by Rabbi Philip H. Sherman, Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA

Talking with Loved Ones about Last Wishes: by Rev. Catharine Harris, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Boulder, CO

While I’m Here: by Rev. Frank Clarkson, Universalist Unitarian Church, Haverhill, MA

Conversation Sabbath: A Homily: by Fr. Leandro, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Columbia, MD (Spanish language version)


Coaching the Conversation Guide

A guide from The Conversation Project on how to facilitate the conversation in groups.

Guide to Organizing Faith Based Events

An introduction to hosting events and tips for getting started.

How Faith Communities Facilitate Conversations Around End-of-Life Concerns

Interviews show the benefits of training and engagement on advance care planning.

Post-Event Surveys

Please email us to request a customized post-event survey, based on this template.

Pastoral Care

Video playlist: Sage Voices

A series of YouTube videos produced by the Jewish Theological Society’s Center for Pastoral Education as part of What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life.

Video: Catholic Teaching on End-Of-Life Decision-Making

Created by New York State Catholic Conference.

Conversation Sabbath

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Invitation to Clergy

An editable word document inviting clergy colleagues to participate in Conversation Sabbath in your region.

Register for Conversation Sabbath 2018

Fill out this registration form so we know who is participating in Conversation Sabbath. We will be in touch with periodic updates.

Fact Sheet

Everything you need to know about the 2018 Conversation Sabbath.

Save the Date Card

You may print or post on your website or newsletter to promote Conversation Sabbath.

Conversation Sabbath in the News


Webinar Series: Bringing Advance Care Planning Conversations to Your Congregation

Congregations are ideal settings for beginning to talk about what matters most to people when it comes to making decisions about the kind of health care they want and don’t want in the face of very serious illness. For six weeks, The Conversation Project’s advisor to faith, Rosemary Lloyd, hosted a free, web-based course on how to infuse having conversations about crucial, values-centered health care decision-making into the life and work of faith communities.

To access the webinar recordings and slides, please click the links below:

Session 1: The Conversation Project: Reaching People Where They Live, Work, and Pray



Session 2: Getting Started in Congregations: Pause, Reflect, Assess, Set a Goal



Session 3: Sermons and Teaching & Conversation Sabbath



Session 4: Pastoral Care



Session 5: Programming Advance Care Planning in Your Setting



Session 6: Bringing It Together and Bringing It to Your Congregation