OLLI at Auburn Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Mallory McDuff

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Date: February 9th, 2022
Time: 11:30 AM

Join us on Wednesday, February 9 at 11:30 a.m. for a lunch and learn at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts at Pebble Hill.

Mallory McDuff presents her book Our Last Best Act (via Zoom).

Our Last Best Act equips readers to face end-of-life planning with climate and community in mind. After the sudden deaths of her parents, Mallory McDuff confronted her own mortality in a world threatened by the climate crisis. As a mother and teacher, she began to research sustainable practices around death and dying, determined to honor her parents’ commitment to caring for the earth. What started as a personal journey expanded into a yearlong exploration of green burials, aquamation, conservation cemeteries, death doulas, home funerals, and human composting. Our Last Best Act explores the choices we make--and how our death can honor our values and create a legacy for the world. This class introduces participants to diverse and sustainable options for the end of our lives. Mallory McDuff grew up in the small town of Fairhope, Alabama where her family practiced environmental stewardship through faith by giving up trash and driving for the forty days of Lent to reduce consumption. She teaches environmental education at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC, where she lives on campus with her two daughters. With her two children, she visited more than 50 congregations across the country taking actions like installing solar panels on sanctuaries, responding to disasters and divesting from fossil fuels. She is the author of four books and more than 50 essays in places like the New York Times, Washington Post, and Sojourners.