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 $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 $10 donation is encouraged. Registration is requested for lunch planning: contact Sandy DiNanni at email@example.com or 612-825-1701.
Thursday, Oct. 19: The Journey of the Hero & Heroine: Revealing the Wisdom in Your Life’s Story
How does your life story fit into the larger, mythic story of human experience? The Rev. Barbara Kellett, Spiritual Director and First Universalist member, invites us into a deeper understanding of our life story. Join us in an exploration of this powerful roadmap to guide us through life’s challenging phases.
Thursday, Nov. 16: Sharing Our Life Stories
Church elders share our stories to:
- Remember who we are
- Share our wisdom with others
- Change the world
Hal Schroer and other volunteers are gathering stories of church elders. Join us for a panel discussion with members of our community. We will also present project goals, explain how stories will deepen our church, and share how to participate.
Thursday, Dec. 21: How Can I Contribute?
Ever wonder where to begin? How about starting with a passion? First Universalist has groups of passionate people already working on your valued issues. Join us to get current information on the many ways, large or small, that you can contribute to the social justice mission of our church, and beyond.
Thursday, Jan. 18: How Will You Be Remembered?
Who will share your legacy with generations to come? You can. Judy Young will help you explore an easy way to remember and share the wisdom you garner as you live your life. Everyone has stories; everyone has made meaning of what happened; everyone has inherited legacy, and everyone can share legacy. Come be inspired!
To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-825-1701. Thursday programs include lunch ($5–10 donation requested).