Looking at Last Things: Peace to the Dying, Grace to the Bereaved

death dying series St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church presents a seven part series on death and dying, beginning on Sunday, October 12, at 10:15 a.m. in the La Paz Room. The goals of this forum series are to inform participants of the Episcopal Church’s ethos (theology, spirituality, practices) concerning death and dying; to inform participants of the pastoral resources offered by St. Philip’s before, at the time of, and after death; and to inform participants of available resources in the Tucson community.

  • October 12 and 19: Episcopal Church positions on suicide and assisted suicide, palliative care, burial offices, and ministration at the time of death, with the Rev. Canon John E. Kitagawa, Rector
  • October 26: Philip’s pastoral care resources in support of the parish community, with the Rev. Vicki Hesse
  • November 2: Pastoral care resources both within St. Philip’s and in the Tucson community, with the Rev. Vicki Hesse and the Rev. Karen MacDonald from Interfaith Community Services
  • November 9: Advance planning, powers of attorney, DNRs, and wills and estate planning, with attorney Richard Duffield
  • November 16: Planning a funeral/memorial service at St. Philip’s, with the Rev. Greg Foraker
  • November 23: Community resources, including hospice care and support groups, with the Rev. Dr. Frank Williams
St. Philip's End of Life Planning Booklet

St. Philip’s End of Life Planning Booklet

Please join St. Philip’s Clergy, Community Leaders and Professionals, for this timely and informative series. Held in the La Paz Room (a meeting room off the central garden space between the Church and the office complex).

The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone is welcome at any time. There is no charge.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Forum Series: Depression and Suicide

The Mental Illness Ministry at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church presents a special two-part series dedicated to the memory of Robin Williams and all who live with a mental disorder and thoughts of suicide.

“Understanding Depression” will be presented on Sunday, September 7, at 10:15 a.m. A depressive illness is a “whole-body” illness involving the body, mood, thoughts, and behavior. It is not just a passing blue mood. It is also not a sign of personal weakness or a condition that can be wished away. Depressive illnesses may be associated with an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, negative life experiences, other medical illnesses, medications, certain personality traits, and genetic factors. With the effective medications and therapies available today, most people, including those with the most severe forms, can improve significantly. A short video will be followed by a discussion about how this illness affects individuals and their families and where help can be found.

The second forum, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Suicide but Were Afraid to Ask,” will be presented on Sunday, September 14, at 10:15 a.m. Suicide can be, of course, a frightening and mystifying phenomenon. However, those who live with mental illness and who may have contemplated this “permanent solution to a temporary problem” often use humor as a coping mechanism and consider humor to be healthy. Several individuals who have considered/attempted suicide will share their insights in this enlightening presentation. Facilitated by Scott Whitley, of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

Forums take place in the La Paz room at St. Philip’s. The public is cordially invited to attend. There is no charge.

St. Philip’s Mental Illness Ministry is committed to developing a caring faith community through education about mental illness and available resources, hospitality and a warm welcome to everyone affected by mental illness, and support for individuals and their families.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or on the east side under our solar parking structure. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Summer Lecture Series: Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe


The University of Arizona Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies joins with St. Philip’s to present their annual summer lecture series, entitled “Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe.” In the transitional sixteenth century, European people reckoned the passage of time in various ways. Sometimes they combined two or more ways—but all were connected with their religious beliefs. The 2014 Summer Lecture Series will present four of these ways of measuring the passage of life: by the human life cycle, from birth through maturity to death; by the medieval Catholic ecclesiastical calendar, which was only initially taken into emerging Protestantism and then mainly rejected; by observations of the heavens, whether scientifically or from a belief in astrology; and through the eyes of Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-1585) and his advisors, who ended the Julian calendar in 1582.

Sunday, August 3
“Life’s ‘Strange Eventful History’: Navigating the Early Modern Life-Cycle”
Kristen Coan, M.A. student

Sunday, August 10
“How to Reform a Dragon: Church Calendars and Catholic Ritual in Protestant England”
Cory Davis, M.A. student

Sunday, August 17
“George Washington was Really Born on February 11!: The Disruption of the New Gregorian Calendar 1582”
Susan Karant-Nunn, Director, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, and Regents’ Professor of History

Sunday, August 24
“‘The Stars above us, Govern our Condition’: Seeking Signs of Order in Celestial Bodies in the Early Modern Period”
David Neufeld, Ph.D. student

This joint offering between the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and St. Philip’s is free and open to the public. These lectures provide a unique opportunity for scholars training in the field to prepare a project and present their work to a large audience at St. Philip’s, assisting these students in their graduate careers. The series includes an expert faculty member in the Division each year. The public is cordially invited to join us in supporting these future scholars of Reformation history.

Forum Series: Viewing Catastrophe

devastation2croppedViewing Catastrophe
Dates: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Room: East Gallery

This summer series of five forums looks at catastrophe from differing perspectives—  from Judaism to Christianity, with scientific response, atheism, and psychology entering the discussion in between.  One day, TV and newspapers detail a missing Malaysian airliner, another day they report on 9/11, devastating fires in Arizona, tornados in Arkansas.  We cannot help but stand in awe of the dreadful magnitude of these purposeful and natural events.


June 22:  What’s God Got to Do with It?  Rabbi Helen Cohn
June 29:  A Small Scientific Contribution, Dr. Ed Alexander
July 13:  Atheists’ Response to Natural Catastrophe, Dr. Julia Annas
July 20:  Psychological Responses, Dr. Sharon Nielsen
July 27:  One Priest’s Perspective, The Rev. Vicki Hesse

Please join moderator Harry Caldwell, PhD, for these insightful and provocative presentations. Spiritual Formation.