In or Out? Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults
Movie Follows LGBTQ Older Adults Deciding Whether to Be Open About Their Sexualities
COLUMBUS — As the total population of people age 65 and older increases throughout the U.S. and Ohio, the cohort of LGBTQ older adults is expanding rapidly. Research has found these older adults experience unique social, health and economic disparities, as documented in “Generations,” the Journal of...
Say What? Dining Services
“Dinner’s ready” is a simple phrase that embraces a powerful invitation to celebrate the central formative nature of our relationships. This time of breaking bread and sharing the cup has created opportunities throughout history and our lifespans to strengthen family and community connections, share the gift of time and develop a sense of belonging. This dinner tradition stimulates conversation around...
Films about Aging Reflect Our Own Journeys
In addition to moving from winter into spring and from Lent into the Easter season, we also recently have moved through another season: the awards season that began with the Golden Globes and concluded for the movie industry with the Oscars. In the midst of these better-known awards shows, there is another ceremony that receives less attention and less fanfare, but...
Compassion as Core Value
“Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural but is an abnormal and unacceptable conditions for humanness.” — Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination
A few years ago, we revised our vision, mission and values. During this process,...
Release as Spiritual Practice
Breathe in and give yourself a hug. Exhale and release your breath. Breathe in and raise your hands in the air above your head. Bring your hands down and release your breath. These are a few of the meditative exercises I do with residents living with dementia before worship. One woman frequently smiles and closes her eyes as she releases...
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...
Simple acts of kindness, whether generously given or thankfully received, impact people in very different ways. Some seem stunned, while others immediately respond with an act of kindness in return. No doubt you have seen, received and offered practiced acts of kindness yourself. In the late 1990s, I bought a small rehab house in Ohio City. Saturday morning trips to...
Slowing Down: A Spiritual Practice
It threw me for a loop when I first read Richard Morgan’s claim that the relatively slow pace of life in his 80s has been a great spiritual gift. Instinctively, I was skeptical that slowing down can be a good thing. I conjured all the memories I could of times I had been forced to slow down. There was the...
Wow! The Spirituality of Wonder
I was driving home last week and was awestruck by a winter sunset. My breath hitched and I gasped, “Wow!” as my eyes traced the purple, orange and pink clouds swirling in an intricate dance. For a few minutes, my mind quieted from review of the day, plans for dinner and the latest divisive and adversarial talk coming from Washington,...