Learning how to minister to one another.

A Circle of Caregiving is monthly educational forum is open to all who are interested in learning the techniques of pastoral care and understanding the variety of needs—mental health issues, end-of-life decisions, spiritual crises and more—that arise in a community of faith. Following are our programs for January through May. All sessions begin at 9:30 am in the Corning Logan Room, on the fifth floor of the Curry Church House. RSVPs are requested to Lance Hurst (

Participants in A Circle of Caregiving may elect to become part of a corps of volunteers who provide pastoral care on call to members and friends of Fifth Avenue. Contact the Rev. Kate Dunn for more information on this volunteer opportunity.

  • Coping with the Loss of a Child

    Jacquie Mitchell & Richard Auletta, The Compassionate Friends
    The Compassionate Friends, which meets bi-weekly at FAPC, offers bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents an opportunity to gather in community, listen, share and lend emotional support after the death of a child. Jacquie Mitchell and Richard Auletta describe the support available through The Compassionate Friends, and offer guidance for those who desire to walk beside and provide a compassionate presence to loved ones who have experienced this kind of loss.

  • Helping Trauma Survivors through the Creative Process

    Martha Dorn, The Art Therapy Project
    The Art Therapy Project provides guided art therapy to trauma survivors seeking hope and support. Martha Dorn discusses the causes and effects of trauma, and the healing work that can take place through the creative process.

  • Pastoral Care Issues of Older LGBTQ Adults

    The Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, Parity
    Isolation. Depression. Declining health. Invisibility. These are among the common challenges of older adults. For older adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, there are added challenges -- stigma and discrimination in particular. Marian Edmonds-Allen, executive director of Parity (an FAPC mission partner), sheds light on the particular pastoral care concerns of LGBTQ people of faith in the latter stages of life.

  • We Need to Talk about Advance Directives

    The Rev. Kate Dunn and Anne Todd
    How can we help our loved ones (and ourselves) preserve dignity, gain peace of mind, ensure their religious beliefs will be understood and respected, and let us know how we can best be there for them when they need us most? Associate Pastor Kate Dunn and FAPC member Anne Todd, a former hospice volunteer director, lead this conversation. The session will a presentation on advance directives, with a focus on the nationally recognized and user-friendly living will, Five Wishes.