Everything Happens for a Reason - and Other Lies I've Loved

Dr. Kate Bowler. Video. 14:49. You Tube.

Seminary professor, Kate Bowler, describes her experience with a life-threatening disease and tells how some words of faith were helpful to her and others were not helpful.


Deals with words and phrases of support for one dealing with serious illness; thoughts on comments that acknowledge one's suffering but also offer affirmation of the person; ways to steer clear of cliches

Suggested Uses

  • One resource among others listed on a congregation's resource guide for well-being and faith.
  • Encourage individuals to watch at home as part of a congregation's effort to connect the church experience to everyday life.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim is president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations – of which the CRG is a program. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation Learns.

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