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Graceful Journey

A Public Health Initiative and a Partnership of the Minnesota Council of Churches, Twin Cities Medical Society, and Bush Foundation

Talking about death is difficult, but one of the most appropriate places for this sensitive conversation is church. The tenets of our faith provide redemptive healing, hope, and support.We live in the bounty of God’s grace, and we ought to die in like manner.

We are all aging together, regardless of the number of years we have lived. With the aging of the baby boomers, Americans are facing an unprecedented demographic shift, with many experiencing dementia. And although most people want to avoid thinking, talking, and making decisions about the end of life, the consequences of not having the discussion can be stressful for famiies, friends, pastors, and congregants. With Graceful Journey, people learn how to have those conversations, and how to make decisions on the basis of deeply-held religious beliefs, surrounded by a caring community of faith.

Graceful Journey helps people think about decisions that need to be made at the end of life, offers tools to talk about and make those decisions, and encourages congregations to provide care that helps families experience the end of life as a graceful journey.

Graceful Journey can give you and your congregation the tools to begin the conversation with family and loved ones. See the right-hand sidebar for a number of options.


Congregations and Organizations that have Hosted a Graceful Journey Presentation

AARP, Minneapolis Northfield United Methodist, Northfield
Ascension Episcopal, Stillwater Oak Meadows Senior Living, Oakdale
Augustana Lutheran, St. Paul Oasis Church, Rochester
Beaver Lake Lutheran, Maplewood Our Savior's Lutheran, New Ulm
Berean Baptist, Burnsville Our Savior's Lutheran, Stillwater
Bethel Lutheran, Northfield Peace UCC, St. Cloud
Brooklyn Park Evangelical, Brooklyn Park Plymouth Creek Christian, Plymouth
Chaska Moravian, Chaska Prince of Peace Lutheran, Brooklyn Park
Chisholm United Methodist, Hibbing Progressive Missionary Baptist, St. Paul
Christ's Community, Maple Grove Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Paul
Crest View Lutheran Home, Columb Hts Roseville Lutheran, Roseville
Dayton Ave Presbyterian, St. Paul Sacred Heart Parish, Sauk Rapids
Diamond Lake Lutheran, Minneapolis Salem Lutheran, Minneapolis
Elim Lutheran, Robbinsdale Saron Lutheran, Big Lake
Epworth United Methodist, Minneapolis Shiloh Missionary Baptist, St. Paul
First Lutheran, St. James St. Cecilia's, St. Paul
First Presbyterian, Hibbing St. James Lutheran, Crystal
First Presbyterian, Stillwater St. John's Lutheran, Annandale
First United Methodist, Sartell St. John's UCC, Faribault
Gethsemane Lutheran, Virginia St. Mark Lutheran, St. Paul
Glenwood United Parish, Glenwood St. Mary's Greek Orthodox, Minneapolis
Gloria Dei Lutheran, St. Paul St. Nicholas Episcopal, Richfield
Grace Lutheran, St. Paul St. Odilia Catholic Church, Shoreview
Hennepin Avenue UMC, Minneapolis St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, St. Paul
Hibbing Rotary, Hibbing Sunrise United Methodist, Mounds View
Holy Trinity Lutheran, Minneapolis Trinity Lutheran, Sauk Rapids
House of Hope Lutheran, New Hope Trinity Lutheran, Stillwater
House of Prayer Lutheran, Oakdale UMC Parish Nurses, St. Cloud
Immanuel Lutheran, Amelund United Lutheran, Red Wing
Lake Harriet United Methodist, Minneapolis Wesley United Methodist, Hibbing
Lumen Christi Catholic, St. Paul Westminster Presbyterian, Minneapolis
Mayflower UCC, Minneapolis Zion Evangelical Lutheran, Pat Tommet
Normandale Hylands UMC, Bloomington Zion Evangelical Lutheran, Minneapolis
Normandale Lutheran, Edina Zion Lutheran, Cottage Grove
Graceful Journey is a project of the Minnesota Council of Churches, in partnership with Honoring Choices Minnesota.

Are you or your congregation interested in being part of this project? Fill out our interest form.

How to become a dementia friendly congregation

Dementia & Alzheimer's disease-related resources for congregations

You may also contact us at or 612-230-3344.

Faith Ambassadors

How to become a Faith Ambassador

Materials for current Faith Ambassadors


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