Join us at Wesley Church, Frome, Somerset for this ecumenical gathering for a day of conversation, reflection and debate addressing:
Advance decisions (‘Living Wills’) – making end of life decisions for yourself
Providing and withdrawing medical treatment – making decisions for those who have lost the ability to decide for themselves
Assisted dying – legal, social and theological perspectives
Speakers include: Revd Dr Jonathan Pye (Somerset Mendip & Gloucestershire Methodist Chair of District), Revd Professor Paul Badham (Dignity in Dying), Professor Jenny Kitzinger (Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Research Centre), Usha Grieve (Compassion in Dying), Professor Malcolm Johnson (University of Bath), Revd Brenda Dowie (University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust), Revd Dr Keith Albans (Director of Chaplaincy & Spirituality at Methodist Homes (MHA), Revd Michael White (Frome Community Hospital chaplain), Revd Dr Mike Parsons (Gloucester Diocese).
Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions, engage in debate and think about their own faith throughout the day.
The day conference event will be complimented by an arts exhibition exploring ethical and legal issues surrounding the care of people in a long-term coma and the experiences of their families . It will be followed by an evening concert 'My spirit sang all day: a musical celebration of life, death and the ever after' (further information to follow).
Lunch – Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the church throughout the day. You will be invited to offer a donation to help cover costs.
This event is being run in partnership with ‘Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying’ - an ecumenical initiative led by academics at Cardiff University aimed at supporting Christians to engage with current debates surrounding death and dying. See http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/find-a-project/view/384030-christian-perspectives-on-death-and-dying
Access and facilities:
The main conference will be held in the Worship area at the church which is upstairs. Refreshments and the exhibition will be held downstairs. The church has a stair lift and a disabled toilet. Both the worship area and the ground floor level are accessible for most manual attendant assisted wheelchairs and small powered chairs but moving between them requires going outside and around the building. The building is set in a hill and there are significant slopes to be negotiated around the building.
The church is fitted with an induction hearing loop. Large print versions of materials or paper colour to support reading can be made available on request.
If you have any access needs we would encourage you to contact the event co-ordinator Julie Latchem via email LatchemJM@cardiff.ac.uk or phone/text 07772265786 so that we can facilitate your access to this event.
There is a carpark at Wesley Church, accessible from Park Road. Parking will also be available for event attendees at the Steiner Academy, also accessed from Park Road, Frome, BA11 1EU.
Please note: This is one of a series of 'Christian Perspectives on death and dying' events that will be held across the UK. Follow us on Twitter @XNdying for information about the full range of events.