Rise Up Singing
Summer and Music
Hearing Ella Fitzgerald’s smoky voice croon George Gershwin’s “Summertime
” from the opera Porgy and Bess
evokes the warmth and joy of summer. “One of these mornings, you’re going to rise up singing.” For me, summer starts in springtime when the robins return to Michigan to lay their eggs. I crack my windows, even though it is...
Whole-Person Care at the End of Life
I recently went to the doctor for an initial consultation. After the doctor entered the room and shook my hand, she did something which, to me, was amazing. She sat down, looked me in the eye and compassionately said, “Tell me your story.” This doctor had my chart. She knew my medical history. I knew from a few things she...
A Life of Comfort
Every morning, people wake up and welcome their new day with a uniquely individualized morning routine that provides a sense of well-being, predictability and comfort. How do you begin your day? Are you a person who immediately reaches for a fresh cup of coffee, offers a prayer, spends a few minutes in quiet meditation or do you run out the...
Abundance as Antidote to Depression
A large portion of the nation’s older adults will face depression and loneliness,
and despite common misperceptions, mental health conditions are not a normal part of aging nor are they a character flaw. Depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older or one in five Americans of any age, according to the National Alliance on Mental...
Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults Conference
Gen Silent conference set for April 14
COLUMBUS — Ohio groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are joining efforts for the Columbus premier of Gen Silent
, a film that explores the unique challenges faced by LGBT seniors as they navigate healthcare and housing needs, at North Congregational UCC. The documentary by award-winning director and...
Spirituality of Gratitude
When I was a new pastor visiting congregational members in the hospital, I was surprised when some would deny pain or brush aside comfort. Instead, they would say, “I’m just grateful I have life,” even though they were grappling with cancer, serious diseases or debilitating pain. At first, I viewed their gratitude suspiciously. Was it just a pat answer to...
Spiritual Practice: Making Music
Is making music a spiritual practice? As a child, I remember wanting — pleading! — to be able to learn to make music by way of piano lessons. I would go to sleep listening to my mom play. I turned pages for her as she accompanied the church choir. I loved to listen to her play duets with her grandmother....