March 20 - April 17, 2017
MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
First there was “childhood,” “adolescence,” “emerging adulthood” and “middlescence”—now comes “elderhood.” When does this life stage begin? Who are elders? What role do they have in families? In the church? In society? What are the possibilities? Participants will “hear” the voices of more than 50 people aged 55 years to 105 years who are taking on life day to day, and, in so doing are forging new pathways of presence, purpose and power in their own lives and the lives of their families, communities, churches and world. The fourth commandment, biblical wisdom, vocation and gifts of the Spirit will be set alongside emerging “folk wisdom” and current research to explore and expand the rich possibilities and responsibilities of elderhood’s strengths and fragility.
Roland Martinson, Professor Emeritus of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary