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Body, Mind, and Spirit
Body, Mind, and Spirit

Adult Faith Development Programs

  • Hindsight, Humor, and Hope: Who, Me, an Elder?
    Helps people as they begin to redesign their later years into a time of reflection, discernment, soul stretching, and new life possibilities. This gift of extended years finds many people becoming elders with deep personal questions such as, Who am I now? and What will I do that is meaningful? (6 two-hour workshops)
  • From the High Hill: Odyssey Writing for Elders
    Engages elders in mining the stories of a lifetime to create a presentation to share with peers, loved ones, and co-congregants.(2 weekend retreats frame a period of personal work)
  • Coming Soon! Our Whole Lives for Older Adults. Designed to address the interests and needs of adults ages 50 and above, the core curriculum will feature interactive workshops  on topics such as attitudes and values, age-related sexual changes and body image, sexual identity, relationships, boundaries and consent, partner loss, and challenges to sexual expression. This is the capstone curriculum in the Our Whole Lives series, a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. We anticipate field testing the new curriculum during the latter half of the 2016-2017 congregational year. For more information, please contact UUA Our Whole Lives Program Associate Melanie Davis, PhD, at owl [at] uua [dot] org  

Reflections on Aging

  • Faith, Spirituality, and Aging, is an essay by Rev. Jennifer L. Brower, Minister for Pastoral Care at the  Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. She offers insights into the spiritual challenges and gifts that come with advancing age.
  • Landscapes of Aging And Spirituality, edited by Kathleen Montgomery (Skinner, 2015), includes reflections from Unitarian Universalist ministers on the spiritual journey of aging. Watch a reading and discussion with some of the contributors to the book: Kathleen Montgomery, Gary Smith, Patricia Tummino, and Carl Scovel (1:07:25)
  • The Seasoned Soul: Reflections on Growing Older, by Eliza Blanchard (Skinner, 2012), uses quotations from many cultures and religious traditions as a springboard for thoughtful reflections on aging.

Keeping Healthy

  • Kendal at Home, a non-profit founded on Quaker values, offers seminars and resources to help people age-in-place in their own homes. Their blog offers guidance and suggestions on a variety of topics.
  • Second Life, an online virtual reality world, provides an opportunity for connection, creativity, and worship. UU World managing editor Kenneth Sutton writes about "Going to Church in Second Life" (be sure and check out some of the related resource links about UUs in Second Life). Unitarian Universalist Niela Miller offers space for creative projects on Second Life; find out about her project and how to reach her in a February 2016 article in Fifty Plus Advocate.
  • United Methodist Homes, whose mission is to provide a contimuum of services that supports health, independence, and dignity, offers suggestions for websites and other sources of brain games to keep mentally sharp.
  • The LGBT Healthy Aging Toolkit from the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging offers links to a variety of resources for keeping mind, body, and spirit healthy.
  • The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University is a national organization that provides programs and advocacy related to the sexuality education, wellness, and rights of adults in mid- and older age.
  • Safer Sex for Seniors provides fact sheets on physically and emotionally safer sex, partner communication, patient/doctor communication, and sexual rights in long-term care. Advice from experts in sexuality and health education.
  • "Fraying at the Edges," a 2016 special section in The New York Times, presents a moving portrait of a woman's journey through the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Read it in Spanish.

Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality:
Essays

Kathleen Montgomery
From Skinner House Books
In 19 lovely essays, elders reflect on the experience of aging and how it intersects with their spiritual lives. These heartfelt ruminations are alternately tender and frank, funny and wistful.

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