LESLIE ANN JOHNSON
If you are in need of reading this page I send my condolences to you and hope that I may be of some assistance as you navigate a difficult time.
We are here to assist the bereaved who are seeking to arrange funeral or memorial services that may be described as non-denominational, agnostic, humanist, spiritual or atheist. As diverse human beings we express our loss in differing languages but carry the sorrowful commonality of grief.
One of the primary outlooks of those who attend United Theological Seminary includes the calling to provide services of a Spiritual or humanist nature for those of us who find our understanding of life, love, and spirit outside of an established church or religion.
Many of us may have had a history or tradition within a particular denomination but we are no longer active as members within a congregation.
Some of us simply have a deeper understanding that is not based upon the language of an organized faith tradition. Some of us understand the world and our relationships through a more humanist, or realist, sensibility and philosophy.
There are times, however, when we may feel that we are at a loss without the tradition of an organized or structured availability of services that mark times of great importance. One such time is when we are experiencing the loss of someone we love. We might discover the need to create, to speak, to memorialize and honor the life and passing of our loved one in a formal sense. Without an established place or person, to fill the role of providing assistance, family members and friends may find themselves with limited or constricted choices in how to appropriately honor and respect the spirit of one who has died.
This is part of our collective vocation in pastoral care. We are deeply earnest in out calling to work with you to create a dignified and honorable memorial service.
Let us assist you in finding language that speaks with heart and soul, and guide you in creating a ceremony that provides sacred space for remembrance,
for celebration of life, and for shared expression of grief.
Please feel free to call with any questions, we will be happy to assist you in any way that we are able.