Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options

Interview with Harlan Limpert

Please join us in welcoming the Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options into the Minnesota Multifaith Network! We recently interviewed one of the co-founders of this group, Harlan Limpert, to learn more about the group’s background and how we as a network can support them.

The Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options was co-created by Harlan, Margaret McCray, and David Breeden in 2015. The group seeks to promote understanding and acceptance of diverse spiritual beliefs related to end-of-life decisions.

While this includes support for medical aid in dying, the Oregon-type law that allows terminally ill adults of sound mind to end their life if their suffering becomes unbearable, their focus is on encouraging people to align their end-of-decisions with their own spiritual beliefs. Currently, the group consists of clergy members from various faith backgrounds including Unitarian Universalists, United Methodists, Lutherans and Presbyterians. They seek and welcome clergy members from all faith backgrounds to join them. As a part of their mission, the group engages the public through educational workshops, often held in places of worship, libraries, or senior homes. The group answers tough questions that many people have about end-of-life options, and they encourage folks to take action by having advanced medical directives.

Clergy of all faiths share the value of compassion in end-of-life decisions. For example, Harlan, who is an ordained minister with the Unitarian Universalist church, explained that the first principle of the faith affirms the “Inherent worth and dignity of every person”. Other faith traditions are on their way to officially recognizing this stance.

The Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options seeks to broaden their network and continue to make connections with individuals and clergy members who wish to advocate for dignity and compassion at the end-of-life. If you are interested in becoming more involved, you are invited to check out the group’s website. Harlan and the other members would love to connect further with interested individuals, especially clergy members. You can reach out to Harlan via email.