Being Present and Effective When Someone Dies (Metropolitan Community Churches)



This webinar (open to all but specifically relevant to chaplains, pastors, and any church leaders offering pastoral care) will provide information about the dying process, space for reflection and conversation, and practical tools for communicating with the bereaved.

Specifically, this webinar will assist participants in:

  • Comfortably discussing death and the dying process with peers, family members, and non-clinicians.
  • Explaining the death and dying process to persons that are emotionally attached to the dying person, with verbiage that is appropriate to their ability to listen, understand, and accept.
  • Having increased awareness of one’s personal context and the capability of correctly investigating the context of others, to better communicate important information.
  • Helping better support families before, during, and after a person dies.

The webinar is being presented by Rev. Tim Hamilton and will qualify for CEUs for clergy.
This webinar is appropriate for local churches as a part of their congregational care team training. Groups are welcome to participate together, from a central location or from their individual computers.

To register, please email Marina Laws


Presenter Bio:

Rev. Tim Hamilton has been a Hospice Chaplain since 2000, when he was with AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Currently, he is a Hospice Chaplain and Grief Counselor for Kaiser Permanente Foundation. During his ten-years with Kaiser, Tim has increased accessibility to the Los Angeles Bereavement Groups, which are now open to the public and tim-hamiltonwelcoming of the LGBTQI communities. This part of his ministry is important to him, as bringing people together in times of suffering is an excellent opportunity to narrow divisions and draw comfort from all people.

Rev. Tim responds to all hospice calls, including crisis visits and death pronouncements. Expanding the understanding of the death process, how it fits under the spiritual umbrella, and integrates into the clinical team, is a key ministry for Rev. Tim.

Rev. Tim was ordained into MCC in 2008, graduated from The Pacific School of Religion, is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and Certified Grief Counselor. He has completed internships at St. Luke’s (San Francisco) and Children’s Hospital (Los Angeles). Tim has attended End-Of-Life Doula workshops, complicated grief courses, and taught Understanding Spiritual Aspects of End-of-Life to clinicians and laity.

Sex, Bodies, Spirit (Metropolitan Community Churches)


Over the past year, MCC has witnessed a renewal regarding the intersection of sexuality and spirituality. First, they enjoyed the online symposium in fall 2015, followed by monthly discussions, and then they experienced a stimulating workshop at the MCC General Conference 2016.

They are now delighted to announce an ongoing informational and discussion series that will advance this topic among clergy and churches from any denomination.   All are invited to attend!

This is also opportunity for MCC clergy to fulfill the continuing education requirement for annual licensure.

Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline and Malachi Grennell are the authors of an exciting blog about sex, bodies, and spirit (, and they are bringing their passion and expertise to a monthly gathering on Adobe Connect that will address issues of sex and spirit, in order to further advance this concern and educate all of us around the ongoing need for our churches.

The group will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (generally 7:00 – 8:00 pm UTC), and will qualify for continuing education credits for MCC clergy (.5 units per session).

This is open to all people, whether clergy or lay. This opportunity is offered free of charge.


View past sessions on-demand:

August 2016: The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 1)

September 2016:  The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 2)

October 2016:  The Roots of Sex Negativity in Western Christianity (part 3)

January 2017: Sacred, Not Secret (Part 3): Beyond the Norm (Kink/BDSM)

February 2017:  Sacred, Not Secret (Part 4): Non-Monogamy