Dear Folks -
In Bill's absence this Sunday we have the privilege to hear Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk. Dr. VanDuivendyk is a system executive for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy with the Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. Also, he serves as chaplain, a Marriage and Family Therapist and author of the recently published book, The Unwanted Gift of Grief: A Ministry Approach.
Tim will be addressing the unwanted gift of grief. It is important that we understand the embracing of grief as a vehicle that transforms and heals us toward new life. This transforming gift is a healing process given to us by God, even as we cry out "My God! My God! Why hast thou forsaken me?" He will touch briefly on how do you help someone who is in the middle of the wilderness of grief whether a colleague in the office or a neighbor. This is a course that VanDuivendyk wishes could be at the heart of the curriculum in every congregation, high school and university settings.