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Exploring Hope

When someone faces the end of their life, feeling hopeful can be difficult. Hope is part of the human condition. The opposite of hope is despair. Finding ways to help people remain hopeful at the end of their lives became Chaplain Laura's quest in seminary. In her exploration, she discovered several dimensions ofhope that can be cultivated, not only when a person faces the end of their life, but throughout a person's lifetime. This sermon will explore these dimensions of hope and ways to cultivate them.

Laura Shay is a board certified hospice and hospital chaplain. She currently works for Montgomery Hospice and MedStar Montgomery Medical Center. After a thirty-year career in nursing in the Navy and Public Health Service, she used her GI Bill to pursue a career in Healthcare Chaplaincy. She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and has been a member of UUCR since 2018.
Special music by guest artist Evelyn Yelm, cello, with Justin Furnia, piano.
Summer RE—Children rising to K-6th grade will gather in Room 52 for "Summer Prayground". Youth rising to 7th-12th grade will attend worship in the Sanctuary. Nursery care for infants–3-year-olds is available during the entire service in Building 3, Room 33.
Chaplain Laura Shay
Sunday, July 14, 2019
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  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world

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