Micheal Pope in the news

Micheal Pope speaks to 2021 GNW Laity Session

The three annual conference lay leaders in the Greater Northwest Area of The United Methodist Church – Jo Anne Hayden (Alaska), Jan Nelson (OR-ID) and Nancy Davis (PNW) – help to introduce Micheal Pope, the keynote speaker for the 2021 Laity Session. Pope is the California-Nevada Conference lay leader, CEO of Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, a motivational speaker and podcast show host. As a deeply committed United Methodist, Micheal encourages us to live into our theme of “Love Never Ends” and calls us to fully step into our role as laity. The shared Greater Northwest Area Laity Session took place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The remainder of the session can be viewed here.

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Creating a better legacy: why one woman chose a redwood over a burial plot

With a lively personality and a tendency to share warm smiles and sincere bursts of laughter, Micheal Pope is the very picture of vibrancy. Still, her 60th birthday was a milestone that made her start thinking about her mortality. Then the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic spurred her to take action (like it has for many others!) She thought about what would happen if she got sick, and recognizing that life is fragile, began her end-of-life planning. A self-described “intensely spiritual” person, she believes that the end of life should be a celebration of renewal and not a mournful conclusion, and she wanted to be sure her plans would reflect that philosophy.

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