Friday, September 25, 2009

Forrest Church RIP:

Forrest Church has died after a long battle with cancer. He was pastor at the Unitarian Church of All Souls on the Upper East Side of New York. He wrote notable book on America's Founders and religion entitled "So Help Me God."

He was truly a remarkable man.

One critique of present day Unitarian Universalists is that their beliefs are too "wishy washy," and that too many of them are atheists, agnostics or non-theists. But not Rev. Church. He was a devout believer in God, how belief in God brings meaning to life, and he faced death his death with a remarkable attitude. (I would say on par with Randy Pausch).

Here is the Rev. Church on death:



And you can read more on Rev. Church and America's Founders here.

3 comments:

cognitive dissident said...

Here are some of Forrest Church’s words about approaching the end of life:

We are all going to die. This is not an unmixed tragedy. If you could love forever, work and play forever, neither love, work, nor play would be nearly as charged with meaning as they are by the fact that each will end.
(Lifecraft, p. 116)

I came up with an explanation for my ease of mind that, to whatever extent it may be true, has practical consequence for how we might prepare for a death sentence years before it may be issued. The key is unfinished business. How much of it do we have left when the boom falls? The less unfinished business we have when it is time for us to go, the less regret we shall suffer for lost opportunities and the more attentively we can prepare our departures.
(Love & Death, p. 90)

Your comparison with Randy Pausch--also a Unitarian--is spot-on.

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