Holy Dying conference set for March 8, 2014 in Columbia

Immediate release: 21 Feb 2014

Media contacts:
Dr. Dan Handschy, esmdean@diocesemo.org , 314-843-0123
Beth Felice, bfelice@diocesemo.org, 314-398-2209 (SMS and phone)

What: Daylong Workshop

Title: Holy Dying: A faithful approach to end-of-life issues

When: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: Calvary Episcopal Church, 123 S. 9th, Columbia, MO 65201

Holy Dying: A faithful approach to end-of-life issues offers an opportunity to reflect on the personal issues surrounding death and dying in a Christian context. The day includes large- and small-group presentations and discussions from ordained and lay experts. Topics include estate planning, advance directives, funeral planning and hospice care. We will celebrate Communion, and enjoy lunch together.


August conference attendees were asked to describe the day:



  • Open to all, conference cost of $20 per person or $150 for a group of 10, includes lunch and continental breakfast
  • Free parking available at the garages on Cherry Street.
  • Registration deadline: February 28, 2014. Registration form: PDF, DOC
  • Presented by the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, the Episcopal School for Ministry

This is a reprise of the conference as presented in the St. Louis metro area this past August. It attracted around 150 attendees. While it is presented by the Episcopal School for Ministry, it is an ecumenical; around one-third of those attending were other than Episcopal.


  • 9:00 Registration & continental breakfast
  • 9:25 Welcome & Introductions: the Rev. Dr. Daniel Handschy, Dean of the Episcopal School for Ministry, pastor of Advent Episcopal Church in Crestwood
  • 9:30 Reflections upon the Loss of a Parent: the Rev. Daniel Smith, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Missouri
  • 9:40 “Holy Dying” Keynote Address: the Rev. Pamela Dolan, pastor of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Belief section
  • 10:00 Panel of Respondents: the Rev. Christina Cobb, the Rev. Carrol Davenport, the Rev. Dayna Jewson, the Rev. Paul Metzler
  • 10:30 Workshops Round 1
  • 11:30 Eucharist, based upon the Episcopal Liturgy for Burial of the Dead
  • 12:15 Lunch (provided) and Table Discussions
  • 1:00 Workshops Round 2
  • 2:00 Workshops Round 3
  • 3:00 Closing Plenary Session
  • 3:15 Adjournment

Concurrent Workshops:

  • Advance Care Planning and Medical Ethics: The need for advance care planning and a method for facilitating discussions for developing advance care plans -- Dr. Paul Tatum III, MD, MSPH, CMD, FAAHPM & Mr. John T. Bolton RN, BSN
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law: – Mr. Reginald Turnbull, J.D., CELA
  • Funeral Planning:– the Rev. Dr. Marshall Crossnoe and the Rev. Chris Cobb
  • The Ministry of Hospice: overview of hospice care and how best to be present with people who are ill and dying - things helpful and unhelpful. – the Rev. Carrol Davenport, the Rev. Dayna Jewson, the Rev. Paul Metzler
  • Organ and Tissue Donation: The Stewardship of Life –the: medical criteria for organ and tissue donation; recovery, placement and transplantation process; dynamics of the family; and theological framework for decision making. – the Rev. Dr. Marc D. Smith

Speakers & Panelists

Mr. John T. Bolton (RN, BSN), nursing care for oncology as a staff nurse, care coordinator and retired as a manager of Oncology services, Neurology Services and Supportive (palliative) Care at Boone Hospital Center. He is a certified Respecting Choices facilitator and instructor and is currently working to implement the Respecting Choices program in the Columbia community.

The Rev. Christina Cobb has served as rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Mexico since her ordination in 2006. She is also Chaplain at Audrain Medical Center, a member of SSM Healthcare. She and her husband, Michael, live in Montgomery City and have three elementary-age children.

The Rev. Dr. Marshall Crossnoe is vicar of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Fulton, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Portland (both since 2008). Crossnoe also is a professor of world and medieval European history at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, where he lives with his wife Debbie. Their two daughters are in college.

The Rev. Carrol Davenport is Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Northeast Missouri, an agency that serves 11 rural counties. She began this work soon after her ordination to the priesthood in 2006. Prior to that, she was an ordained Southern Baptist minister. She lives in Kirksville with her husband, Mike, and is the mother of two adult daughters.

The Rev. Pamela Dolan serves as rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Town and Country. Raised in Hawaii and California, she holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Divinity School. She is currently working on her D.Min. in preaching at Sewanee, the University of the South School of Theology. Dolan is also a contributor to the Belief section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She and her husband, John, have two daughters.

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Handschy has served as rector of Episcopal Church of the Advent in Crestwood since 1992. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Physics. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. In 2012, Handschy received a PhD in Historical Theology in the Department of Theological Studies from Saint Louis University. He currently teaches Ethics as an adjunct professor at Eden Theological Seminary. Handschy is the dean and instructor of theology at the Episcopal School for Ministry.

The Rev. Dayna Jewson, RN, has worked at St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis University Cardiac Cath Lab, and in the home health field. She has worked with hospice for 12 years, providing care to those who are dying, their families and friends in Springfield, Kansas City, Warrensburg, and St. Louis. She was ordained a deacon in 2004 and currently serves at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Carondelet. She is married to the Rev. Al Jewson and has two adult children.

The Rev. Paul Metzler, D.Min., is an Episcopal priest and psychotherapist and served as the Director of Community and Program Services for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative Care. His other credits include: Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and Vice Chair of DecideYourCare.org, a metro-NYC alliance to promote advance healthcare decision-making. He has served as Associate Priest at churches in Manhattan and West Orange, NJ.

The Rev. E. Daniel Smith was born and raised in Florida. He is a lifelong Episcopalian and was ordained a priest in 1982. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Central Florida in 1978. He received a M.Div in 1981 from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in 2001. Smith has served as church planter and rector of parishes in Florida, Hawaii, and Iowa, and now serves the Diocese of Missouri as Canon to the Ordinary, a position he has held since 2003. He and his wife, Evelyn, have two children and grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Marc D. Smith is vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Northwoods. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, he had a 35-year career in academic medicine and health care executive leadership positions, including service as the chief executive officer of New Jersey’s vital organ and tissue recovery program. Smith was a member of Mid-America Transplant Services’ (St. Louis, MO) Board of Directors for 12 years.

Dr. Paul Tatum, MSPH CMD FAAHPM, is a Clinical Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri who is also board certified in Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He also serves on the National Medical Director Advisory Board for Hospice Compassus.

Mr. Reginald Turnbull graduated with his J.D. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1976. He has been engaged in private practice of law since 1991. In 2010, Turnbull & Stark, P.C. was formed. Reg concentrates his practice in the area of Elder and Disabilities Law. His practice includes special needs trusts, estate planning, probate and trust estate administration, life care planning, financial and healthcare powers of attorney, healthcare directives, end-of-life planning, guardians and conservators, and public entitlements (Medicare, MO HealthNet [i.e., Medicaid], SSI, and Social Security). Turnbull has been certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as an elder law attorney since 2003.


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Media contact: Beth Felice, Director of Communications