Upcoming Events

Sacred Conversations: Talking About Living By Talking About Dying

November 3, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – November 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Lisa Simon

Rosemary Lloyd & Kate DeBartolo
Fri. 11/3, 1– 6:30pm; Sat. 11/4, 9am –5pm

Clergy have a vital role in guiding and caring for people as the sacred cycle of life draws to a close. Yet all too often, these conversations are left until moments of medical crisis, leaving some of our deepest values unexplored—and in the process passing up invaluable opportunities for spiritual growth and development. In this course, you will learn how to weave conversations about life, death, and what matters most into the fabric of your ministry. Using tools developed by The Conversation Project, a national thought-leader in improving end-of-life experience, you will learn how to facilitate group and individual explorations of mortality, preach effectively on end-of-life issues, and offer congregants an entry to a mature spiritual practice.

Kate DeBartolo designs and executes the national field operations for IHI’s hospital-based work and for The Conversation Project. In this role, Ms. DeBartolo manages and cultivates relationships with statewide organizations that provide support to hospitals across the country working to improve health care and patient safety. She built and manages a similar field structure to support the hundreds of regions and communities working on The Conversation Project as part of their end-of-life care efforts. She started at IHI in 2007 on the 5 Million Lives Campaign and has worked on many other IHI large-scale initiatives since. Prior to joining IHI, Ms. DeBartolo worked as a grant analyst at The California Endowment. She is a graduate of Wellesley College where she studied international relations and public health.

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, BSN, MDiv, is Advisor to the Faith-Based Community for The Conversation Project at the Institute for Health Care Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Rev. Lloyd organizes, educates, and supports clergy and congregations in having values-centered conversations with loved ones and health care providers about crucial end-of-life matters.

A graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Divinity School, Rev. Lloyd has a life-long interest in end-of-life care and ethics that is fueled by her experience as a registered nurse and hospice volunteer. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, she served The First Church in Boston and has spoken in congregational and health care settings on end-of-life issues for more than a decade. She is 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.