Many people are reluctant to donate organs and tissues due to the misconception that their religion doesn't support it. However, all major religions, including all Christian faiths, either encourage donation or support the individual's decision to donate life to others.
National Donor Sabbath is celebrated each year two weekends before Thanksgiving. Donor Sabbath embraces the theme of “Give thanks. Give life," by using houses of worship to educate Americans of the critical need we face with organ and tissue donation.
Observing National Donor Sabbath is an opportunity for religious communities to touch the lives of millions of people.
National Donor Sabbath is a time to bring the life-saving issue of organ and tissue donation into the season of giving. The time of year when we gather with our families to count our blessings. It's an ideal time to talk about becoming a donor.
Resources and Samples
Below are some helpful resources and sample sermons which you may print and use.
"Since most all Pastors speak on matters of the heart, it certainly was an opportune time for me to speak on donation of a heart and other organs by my donor which saved the lives of at least five people. It has been my privilege as a Pastor to not only visit people in their end of life, but also to share how people can help others have a second chance at life and live more productively because someone gave them that opportunity through organ donation."
Pastor Larry W. McEntire