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Death and What Comes After

Rev. Arvid Straube Atencion

By Jon Sievert

The Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube explores the US culture’s fear and denial of death at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
With the Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube
“Death and What Comes After”
Sun, Apr 10, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

The British historian Arnold Toynbee was quoted as saying, “Death is Un-American.” But the US culture’s fear and denial of death causes much more pain than it avoids. By remembering death and its inevitability, we live a life that is much richer and more meaningful. Death then becomes our ally. Rev. Straube will discuss the importance of preparing for a good death and consider age-old questions about our inescapable end. Is there a life after death? What form might it take? We will hear what major thinkers from many times and cultures have to say on the topic.

Rev. Straube received his M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. He was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 1979. In 2013, Meadville Lombard awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree.


He has practiced and taught Buddhist meditation in the Vipassana or Insight tradition for more than 40 years, studying with many prominent Buddhist teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, Tsoknyi Rimpoche, and Shinzen Young. He was trained as a spiritual director at Shalem Institute, where he became familiar with Christian contemplative prayer traditions. While he does not call himself a Christian, he is a disciple of the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. Dr. Straube is fascinated by perennial philosophy that runs through all the great religious traditions of the world.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at the La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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