“Living Well Dying Well”
The world’s faith traditions offer a veritable mountain of wisdom on this theme, their teachings enshrining eternal truths and reinforcing each other’s strengths and unique insights into the spiritual nature of living well and dying with dignity. VMS has chosen this as the theme for its 2017 Annual General Meeting in order to launch a program based on this theme early in the new year.
The AGM will be held from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, 26 November, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 1250 Esquimalt Rd., Victoria.
The theme came out of a greatly appreciated project of the same name by the Centre for Earth and Spirit: “In many communities and families, aging, death and dying are often topics we avoid. In the absence of these meaningful conversations, there is a good chance that we will face end of life issues in crisis, with fear, anxiety and isolation. What if we could talk openly about aging, death and dying as part of living vibrantly?”
Project leader Kim Holl, co-chair of the Centre for Earth & Spirit, will give the keynote address at 3 p.m. following the administrative portion of the AGM and a refreshment break. Small facilitated table discussions will explore the topic. The project will continue with monthly “community conversations” on various aspects of this theme, between January and May.
SPEAKER KIM HOLL
As a storyteller, social entrepreneur and compassionate communicator, Kim spent a decade and a half in the USA working with a diverse group of non-profits leading social change initiatives. She has worked with urban, rural, inner-city and First Nations communities, facilitating innovative, arts- and adventure-based programs that focus on bullying prevention and anti-violence, restorative practices, community engagement, and using philanthropy to inspire social change.