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 is encouraged. Registration is requested for lunch planning: contact Sandy DiNanni at email@example.com or 612-825-1701.
Thursday, Nov. 16: Sharing Our Life Stories
Church elders share stories to remember who we are, share our wisdom and change the world. That’s why there’s a new initiative at church called “Collecting Our Legacy Stories” with a goal to hear to and document all our stories (60 so far). Learn more about the project and the most meaningful part of sharing personal legacy stories from First U Daytimers, Janet Merrill, Dick Kain and Kathy Coskran.
Thursday, Dec. 21: How Can I Contribute?
Ever wonder where to begin? How about starting with a passion? First Universalist has impassioned groups large and small already working on your valued issues. Get current information on the many ways you can contribute to the social justice mission of our church, and beyond. Enjoy a “white elephant” exchange and a special holiday lunch.
Thursday, Jan. 18: How Will You Be Remembered?
What values have you consistently lived? The thread of your life’s mission can be woven into the tapestry of your life. Have you ever wondered about the practical aspects of writing your own tale? Join Judy Young for an inspirational learning and writing session about how to share your legacy. Bring a journal or notebook.
To register, contact Sandy DiNanni at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-825-1701. Thursday programs include lunch ($5–10 donation requested).