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.
Two-Hour Programs with Lunch
Programs begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 1 p.m. A $5–10 donation for lunch is encouraged. Registration is requested for lunch planning: contact Sandy DiNanni at email@example.com or 612-825-1701.
Thursday, Jan. 18: Writing an Ethical Will
Leaving an ethical will is a spiritual gift to others. It’s also a gift to the writer who, in the midst of life, gets to clarify life values and lessons, allowing us to be known by others. We invite you to bring a personal notebook or journal for writing and a small keepsake to help spark life memories and insights. Led by Judy Young, legacy writing facilitator, grief educator, and First U member.
Thursday, Feb. 15: Practicing Balance
How can we keep our balance, both physically and spiritually? Can we step sure-footedly through our own stressful lives, while keeping our bearings amidst national and international turmoil? Learn some simple practices from a physical fitness specialist and from our own Reverend Justin that can build up daily habits of balance in our living.
Thursday, March 15: “The Talk” with Family
Have you had “the talk“ yet with your kids or significant family or friends? Not the one about the birds and the bees, but the one focusing on end-of-life matters, including your medical care, memorial service and legacy, and your important papers. Take the opportunity to prepare for death with intentionality. Expect lots of interaction. Led by Harlan Limpert, longtime First U member, minister and outgoing executive of the UUA.
Thursday, April 19: Less Clutter, More Life!
It’s two minutes to midnight and we haven’t quite gotten to the things we really love. What can we do at the end of our one wild and crazy life to finally attend to and manifest our deepest longings? If reducing clutter popped into your mind, you would be right on target. It turns out that creating a serene space is an unexpected and powerful enabler of change. Learn the how-to’s from an expert, while enjoying funny stories and lessons from First U declutterers. Onsite goal setting. Get ready to change your life!
Thursday, May 17: TBD
To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-825-1701. Thursday programs include lunch ($5–10 donation requested).