Regarding “Relationships, relevancy and caring the best antidote to abusive spiritual groups,” Nov. 1, Page 18:

When we left Portland to be closer to our children in Seattle we continued our Sentinel subscription. After 20 years we are still happy we did. Each issue I find articles of interest and inspiration.

Our new pastor is working on getting more involvement. Small groups are part of it. I think feeling that you are part of the parish is important. The article about why people leave the church addressed the problem of not addressing parishioners’ needs.

I also set aside the booklet on funerals (included in the Nov. 1 issue).  I plan to write my own obituary. It is so easy to put off writing about death.

Barbara Chase

Edmonds, Washington