Older adults are recognized and valued, both at First Universalist and in the wider community, for their leadership, wisdom, and service.
Older adults at First Universalist empower each other to live intentional, joyful, purposeful, and spiritually fulfilled lives.
- To build and maintain a visible and vibrant community of older adults who experience caring and support through deep social connections.
- To engage older adults in programs and activities that promote conscious aging by fostering personal and spiritual growth, and fulfilled lives of service and meaning.
- To support acts of courage among older adults experiencing challenging life transitions, by providing safety, deep exploration, and spiritual support.
The First Universalist Senior Advisory Team plans and organizes programs and small group activities based on topics of interest that have been expressed by our older church members. In keeping with our focus on Conscious Aging in Community, most programs and activities will invite us to awaken to all that is possible at this stage of our lives as we reflect on meaning, personal and spiritual growth, and service to others and the world.
Programs usually include a presentation about an intellectually stimulating topic, often related to contemporary social issues, as well as issues of particular concern at this stage of our lives. Programs include an opportunity to discuss with other attendees how the topic has relevance in our lives today. A small meal is served after each program (a $5–10 donation is requested for the meal). Daytime programs usually last 2 hours and are often on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Some programs will be offered at other times to accommodate the diverse availability of more church members.
Thursday, May 18: Learn About Community-Led Initiatives Transforming North Minneapolis
Amazing community groups abound in North Minneapolis. How can we be in solidarity with their work? On a charter bus tour though the Northside, led by Mike Wynne, CEO and president of EMERGE (a First U Faithful Action partner), we’ll learn about vibrant community groups in North Minneapolis who are building a more just, inclusive City. Our visit ends with a lunch from Breaking Bread Café, a North Minneapolis nonprofit that’s leading the way to engage youth in a food justice movement. Mike will lead us in a discussion to consider how WE can support their community work. Co-sponsored with the Faithful Action Council. We’ll board the handicap-accessible bus at First Universalist at 10 a.m. and return to church at 1:30 p.m. Limited seating! Register now ($20) with Sandy DiNanni at Sandy@firstuniv.org or 612-825-1701. Transportation and financial support are available.
To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-825-1701. Thursday programs include lunch ($5–10 donation requested).
Many thanks to this year’s planning team: Joan Patterson, co-chair, Elaine Aron Tenbrink, co-chair, Betsy Allis, Eric Berglund, Susan Schonfeld, Karen West, Dennis Haskin, and Colleen Cavell.