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Older Advocates

Advocacy is not often a word that we associate with people who are older. It usually brings to mind a specific cause, a specific historical moment or even specific political "leanings." The word has its roots in Middle English advocacie, meaning intercession. This concept came from the Anglo-French advocassie  

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Narrative Gerontology and the Importance of Storytelling

The Importance of Storytelling and Story Listening
I was saddened by the recent death of poet Mary Oliver. In the wake of her death, I spent time reading various pieces she had written over the span of her life. As I was working on this blog, I ran across one of her poems that spoke volumes to me about...
 

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Narratives on Aging

What is your narrative about your own aging process? We don't just start to form narratives about our aging after we have experienced decades of life. It is really a life-long pursuit. It just becomes more pronounced as the years of experience accumulate in the past. Age presents challenges as we learn to navigate the changing world from our changing...
 

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The Joy of Meaning and Purpose

Aging is a gift. The new year invites us to celebrate the blessing of a new year, reflect upon life’s possibilities and experience a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. This opportunity also includes challenges. Making time to reflect upon blessings allows one to look beyond age-related complications to fully open one’s mind, body and spirit to possibilities.
ACCEPTING LIFE’S...
 

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Giving

We began this new year with wisdom from Parker Palmer — both in last week’s post and as he graced the gathering of participants at the Wisdom Conversation event on Jan. 6 in a conversation via the joys of technology. And so I offer more of his insight as we consider how to engage in the world. Parker began a...
 

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Christmas is for Grown-ups

I recently had a brief conversation with an acquaintance about Christmas. The older adult indicated that they didn’t have much to “get ready” as Christmas really is for children. Their statement was what it was, neither good nor bad. But I have been pondering this ever since. The “reason for the season” is Jesus, as the church sign reminds me...
 

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Joy: An Intergenerational Perspective

The watchword for this fourth Sunday of Advent is “joy,” and from reading this week’s gospel lesson from Luke, it is easy to see why. As we read of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the exchange that takes place between them, we find a scene absolutely overflowing with joy. The Holy Spirit makes known to Elizabeth that...
 

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Finding One’s Voice through Singing: A Story of Love

Advent: Love

During worship at United Church Homes' Fairhaven Community, we light a candle each week in Advent as we travel the four Sundays to Christmas Eve. Each candle represents a different theme during the Advent journey. While the first three Sundays reflect hope, peace and joy, the fourth Sunday this year, Dec. 23, represents the theme of love.

Mary’s...
 

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Where is Peace?

How can I write a blog about peace in these troubling times? Everywhere I look, I find unrest, conflict and violence. Everywhere I listen, I hear angry name-calling, truth denied and lies uplifted. God’s got it right when he chastises the prophets and priests in Jeremiah’s time, saying, “Peace, peace they say, when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). But...
 

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Hope Begins Advent Journey

As the days grow shorter, it is an ancient practice to ground the journey toward the divine in hope. The Christian church marks the beginning of the church year with the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Christians mark the four-week journey that begins this coming Sunday by lighting a weekly candle. Additional candles...
 

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Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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