We all have extraordinary times of trial and transition—illnesses, the death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, a troubled child. It’s part of life. The question is: What do we learn from life’s challenges about ourselves and about God? How do we grow from our experiences into more loving people, with deeper faith and trust? What gifts do we receive during our extraordinary times that enable us to endure and even thrive despite our suffering and loss? Who accompanies us during these times? How can our hearts, scarred from loss and grief, heal? These are the questions we’ll explore together during this three-week eCourse.
Laura Dunham, author of Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition, will share her own extraordinary time, a year in which she suffered from life-threatening cancer, suddenly lost her husband, and moved 2,700 miles across the country to care for her son. Throughout, she felt supported by friends, family, and the love of God and the Communion of Saints. Laura will offer deep reflections on the universal themes of suffering, healing, death, and the afterlife drawn from the Christian tradition and her own experience, and will invite participates to do the same.
Each week we will post an audio file, readings, and reflection questions for discussion with Laura and other participants. You will receive emails during the eCourse on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays alerting you to the new content.
eCourse facilitator Dr. Laura Dunham is a retired Presbyterian minister, now Catholic, a Benedictine oblate, retreat leader, and author of Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition (Cascade Books, 2018). She may be contacted through her website.
eCourse runs April 1-19 and all course content will be available through October 2019.