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ReNew: Resourcing Pastors for Ministry

February 12 - February 13

Death, Funerals, and the Christian Hope

We all live know death lies before us. Yet our society discourages speaking of death. The church, committed to a living Christ, has the opportunity and responsibility to help people live faithful lives in the face of inevitable death.

This two-day event will touch on theological and practical questions pastors and caregivers face as they walk with people, in life, in preparation for death and funerals. Questions like the following will shape the presentations and conversations.

  • What is a “good death?”
  • What is our Christian hope for after death?
  • What is a good funeral, and how are families assisted in its planning?
  • How might we preach at funerals?
  • What about cremation, viewings, and open caskets?

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Thomas Long

Dr. Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching and Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at the Candler School of Theology. Preaching magazine named his The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books on preaching of the last 25 years.

He is deeply interested in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy, with commentaries on the books of Hebrews, Matthew, and Pastoral Epistles. His book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith addressing the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God was selected as the Book of the Year for 2011 by the Academy of Parish Clergy.

In the last number of years he has given much thought to end of life and funerals. His books Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral (co-authored with noted poet and funeral director, Thomas Lynch) have generated interest in the academy, in the media and especially among church leaders.


  • Challenging presentations
  • Inspiring worship
  • Stories from fellow pastors
  • Stimulating conversation and fellowship
  • Renewal in your ministry

ReNew is intended for ALL involved in ministry, within the sponsoring conferences, in other congregations, or in any other setting.


February 12
February 13


Canadian Mennonite University


Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2 Canada
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