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Combatting Loneliness in a Time of Pandemic Isolation
May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Research shows that chronic loneliness is harder on the body than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and more than 30 percent of us suffer from it. When I began my doctoral research into the effects of loneliness and how to respond to it, I was surprised to find that the most common assumptions we make about loneliness and how to combat it were, well, simply wrong. This presentation will explore what chronic loneliness is, how it affects our bodies as well as our minds, and three important ways that do work to support our neighbours who suffer, especially in this time of isolation and social distancing. If you have a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance who is struggling, these simple methods can dramatically change that person’s health and well-being and, perhaps surprisingly, can extend their life.
Eric has been the rector at St. Andrew’s, Sidney since September, 2016. He is married to Sara, and they are the parents of a delightful blended family of seven grown children, eight grandchildren and a foster grandson, as well as their English Springer Spaniel, Molly. Eric enjoys reading history, hiking and spending time with his family. He’s also an avid sailor; Sara and he lived on their sailboat for a couple of wonderful years. Eric completed his Master in Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Prior to responding to the call to become a priest, Eric had a varied and non-linear career. He has taught in the public school system and at the college and university level, practiced corporate commercial law, run an import and manufacturing business, and led various divisions of government as a senior bureaucrat. Each time he changed professions, he felt a pull to the church, and now that he has finally responded, he says he wonders what kept him. Eric is an unapologetic story-teller and some of his stories may well have happened
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