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, March 16, 11 a.m.: Music and the Spirit
Join us for an exploration of the deep relationship between music and spirituality. Carlos Santana once said, “Music rearranges your molecular structure.” When we sing, we literally tug at our own hearts, moving energy and breath in our bodies. When we sing together, we rearrange the molecular structure of the community. It doesn’t matter if you can carry a tune or not, if you are young or old, singing counts. Please join Rev. Ruth MacKenzie in this exploration of singing, theology, and the role singing plays in spirituality and justice making. We will sing, tell stories, delve into songs of spiritual awakening and resistance, and create our own song to buoy and enliven our hearts.
Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m.: Strengthening Resilience for Life’s Challenges As We Age
Even though aging is usually associated with more losses and decline, paradoxically, the highest level of life satisfaction is reported by older adults compared to any other age group. How can this be? Join us in discovering together strategies that contribute to resilience as we age and a life with meaning and purpose.
Thursday, May 18: EMERGE Bus Tour, North Minneapolis
Join us on a tour of the North Side to learn how neighborhood organizations are building strength and resilience within the community. Mike Wynne, the executive director of EMERGE, a Faithful Action Partner of First Universalist, will be our guide.
To register for any of the above programs: contact Sandy DiNanni at email@example.com 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.