Webinar Series: Eldering
September 24, 2018 - October 15, 2018
Eldering – A Webinar Series for Spiritual Companions & Seekers
Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging, is collaborating with Spiritual Directors International (SDI) to host a webinar series on ‘eldering’ for spiritual companions and seekers.
Eldering is not about growing old; it’s about becoming more open-hearted, more resilient, more giving and yes, wiser. Everyone ages and this webinar series will help you decide how you want to do it. Many people grow isolated and fearful as they get older. But others seek a more conscious experience, embracing elderhood through spiritual discernment and by engaging with all generations.
Session 1 – Meaning & Memory (September 24 – 4:30 PM)
- Purpose + service = meaning. That’s just one equation for finding fulfillment as an elder. We’ll look at others, too. And also examine the role memory plays in the second half of our lives. We will focus on practical insights for spiritual companions to use as they sit with others.
Session 2 – Mortality (October 1 – 4:30 PM)
- Is death only to be feared? Or is it one of the best tools at our disposal to give our lives meaning and truly enjoy each day? We’ll look at traditions both ancient and modern and whether fear is optional as we near the end. Lessons from hospice and long-term care.
Session 3- Mystery (October 8 – 4:30 PM)
All spiritual traditions have mystic components. What role does contemplation (and the connection with the ineffable creates) play in growing into a ripe elderhood? We’ll look at one progression – we go deep within to go beyond; we go beyond to affirm our calling/destiny; this then brings one back into community to serve. Lessons on the value of stillness for elders –especially in spiritual companionship.
Session 4 – Maturity (October 15 – 4:30 PM)
- Everyone can be an elder. It’s about being more than doing. And it’s about serving more than achieving. And that takes maturity. Nothing to do with your calendar age. Being an elder is about who you are, who you aspire to be and how you can foster connection and compassion as a spiritual human being. We’ll examine spiritual companionship as a means to maturity in this sense of consciousness and service.– for both the seeker and the companion.
To register and learn more, visit the Spiritual Directors International’s website.