On Saturday, October 23, the West Ohio Conference will host an all-day webinar on ministering to people with memory issues. North Alabama clergy and laity have been invited to participate. The workshop will be led by Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, author of the book Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens.
"There are so few faith-based resources for people dealing with loved ones suffering from dementia," said Becky Walker, Conference Director of Lay Servant Ministries. "We are excited to be offered this opportunity to join our friends in the West Ohio Conference in learning more about this issue from Bishop Carder."
Bishop Carder experienced a personal journey caring for his wife, Linda, who had Alzheimer's for several years prior to her death. Bishop Carder notes that the almost six million people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are viewed largely through a medical lens of devastating symptoms and hopeless decline. But he believes that faith communities focus on stories and are uniquely positioned to broaden the lens and counter the stigma, isolation and hopelessness associated with dementia. The presentation will identify specific theological, spiritual, and practical resources for presence and ministry with people affected by dementia.
The webinar will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT, beginning with a time of worship and prayer and ending with a panel discussion. As part of the $30 event fee, you will receive a copy of Bishop Carder's book. The course is approved for advanced credit to Certified Lay Speakers. Clergy will receive 0.3 CEUs. Laity who have a particular interest in this topic may also attend. The deadline to register is October 9.
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