“This is the time to begin to think of higher matters than looking ten years younger than we are, wonderful as that can be. We must begin to attend to the inner self now. These years are for allowing the interior life—our continuing questions, our lifelong interests—to direct what we do and who we are.”– Joan Chittister
You are invited to participate in The Soul of Aging, a small group program for those who are interested in doing spiritual work of delving into the challenges, joys, and possibilities involved in the aging process. This is a multi-part series that will last 2 hours each session.
Introductory session: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 10 AM -12 PM
Future dates: Will be determined by participants, but expect six additional sessions, biweekly.
Register by: January 22, 2018
How far along do you need to be in the aging process to find this worthwhile? If you have fewer decades ahead of you than behind you and/or you are thinking “how am I going to live the rest of my life?” you are in the right demographic.
What is The Soul of Aging?
Based on the pioneering work of Dr. Parker J. Palmer, a process called the Circle of Trust® approach has been developed through the Center for Courage & Renewal that is designed to create a safe, confidential, and sacred space where participants support one another in accessing their deepest wisdom and courage. I am excited to be offering this to our congregation; participating in an institute I was prepared to lead this program was part of my sabbatical experience and funding. Through this curriculum, we will learn how to listen deeply to our own truth, and how to create spaces that are safe for illumination and self-discovery. It promises to be a significant contribution to the fabric of who we are as a congregation.
This series is for people who yearn to explore these topics together and who long to understand, and be transformed by the aging process. The themes address many of the spiritual aspects of this season of our lives, including questions of forgiveness, where we are in our spiritual development, what aspects of ourselves are still yearning for expression, our relationship with time, how to love and serve others, and the notion of befriending our own deaths. Clearly, these themes invite a level of honesty and self-disclosure along the way. If you are up for such an exploration, please consider this program!
While the work is spiritual, no faith will feel excluded or uncomfortable.
If you have any questions, you can contact Charlotte Lohrenz at email@example.com or call the church office. Please let register through the office or at the Eventbrite site. Space is limited to 20 people, so register to ensure a place in the group.