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July Meeting

Thursday, July 3, 2014—12:00 noon

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Saint Luke Lutheran Church
9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Chaplain David Berg
Anne Arundel Medical Center

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Medical Ethics: 101

It is said that in parts of Asia, death is viewed as a gateway to eternal happiness; in Europe, death is experienced as some disorienting existential crisis; however, in America, death is thought to be, well, optional. Beginning in the 1960s with the mechanical respirator and then kidney dialysis, have we Americans begun to believe that with the right diet and exercise, the right physician, the right pharmaceuticals and the right gene therapy, that we are immortal at, at least, that death is optional?

If that is the prevailing mindset of our culture, then how might we, as leaders of our faith communities, coach our members to make intelligent, informed and compassionate decisions for themselves and their loved ones, especially when confronted by virtual strangers whose "doscspeak" may sound like another language? What resources and what pillars of support are available?

For the past 17 years, Chaplain David Berg has served on the staff of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Maryland's third busiest hospital. In his capacity there, he serves as an Ethics Consultant, a member of the Institutional Review Board and the Palliative Care Committee. Also, for the past five years, he has supervised and trained chaplain interns for the University of MD Shore Regional Health System on the Eastern Shore. He lives in Annapolis and is a member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church.

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We invite all Lutherans and their friends to join us for this luncheon meeting of Lutheran Lay Fellowship, scheduled for the first Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon till 2:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Colesville Road at Dale Drive in Silver Spring, one mile south of the Capitol Beltway at Exit 30. Ample off-street parking is available. Interested persons can make reservations for a delicious lunch by sending their RSVP to by contacting Vicki Porter at 301-229-9884 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1. The cost of the meal is $9.00, payable at the door.


August 7 - John Graff, The Ministry of All God's People: Called to What?
September - TBD

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What is the Lutheran Lay Fellowship?

LLF is an organization for women and men, both lay and clergy, active in the Nation's Capital area. “As early as 1936, feeling there was a definite need for closer cooperation between Lutheran laity and clergy, a group of laymen in the Washington, DC. Metropolitan area, organized to hold meetings that would bring pastors and laity closer together. Due to jurisdictional differences as well as ministerial difficulties, very little success was achieved until the fall of 1941. Then the group met and decided to hold a luncheon once a month, invite their friends and bring visitors. The first luncheon was a success, and within three months every Lutheran judicatory was represented…” [From a Lutheran Directory of Metropolitan Washington, DC, published in 1999.]

Today, more than 70 years later, the Lutheran Lay Fellowship of Metropolitan Washington takes pride in knowing that every night, 365 nights each year, more than 700 low income seniors and disabled persons live in safety and friendship in four high rises owned and managed by Fellowship Square Foundation, Inc. By means of annual scholarships and grants, LLF also supports various college and seminary students; it also provides ushering services for major inter-Lutheran events. But most of all, LLF is known far and wide as a place to hear stimulating speakers on timely topics and to make friends from other Lutheran congregations—friendships that last for decades!

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