The third annual Wisdom Conversations retreat, Aging: Realities and Renewal, for those in ministry with older adults brings together Jan Aerie and Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, contributors to the resource, Age-Friendly Congregations, published in 2017 by the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the United Church of Christ. Aging: Realities and Renewal draws on their collective experiences of ministry that led to the publication of that resource and their experience and observations in the two years since it was first published. Participants will have the opportunity to consider biblical perspectives of aging, look at the myths and realities of aging today, consider the need to address the issue of change in our own lives and explore practical steps for congregational attention to ministry with all who are aging.
Join us Sunday night for the post-holiday retreat time, making use of Parkvue Community’s Aquatic Center, Chapel and community space from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The day of learning will begin on Monday at 8:30 and conclude by 2:30.
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The event takes place at Parkvue Community, 3800 Boardwalk Blvd., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn, 6100 Milan Road, Sandusky, Ohio. Please contact the hotel at 419.609.9000 and ask for the conference reduced rate of $89. To reserve online, use the Group Code: CG2 on hampton.com.
Cost: $35 (Early Bird until Dec. 11) | $50 (after Dec. 11)
About the presenters:
Jan Aerie has spent a lifetime as a family counselor and gerontologist, working with individuals and groups on the journey of aging. Trained in community health planning, family counseling and gerontology, Jan has authored curricula on aging, founded and led elder service organizations and taught service providers. She has presented hundreds of workshops on many aspects of aging and care giving through her work with community task forces, regional and national councils, interfaith coalitions and hospice. Many will recognize Jan from her time serving on the national staff of the United Church of Christ before moving to St. Louis, MO, where she and her husband, Cliff, are able to spend more time with their daughter and her family.
Rev. Beth Long-Higgins joined the staff at United Church Homes after serving two UCC congregations as co-pastor, with her spouse, Dave, over the course of 25 years. She is the executive director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, working in the areas of advocacy, education and engagement with congregations and community partners to help transform the experience of aging. The Parker Center was given the Social Impact program of the year by LeadingAge Ohio in 2018 and received Partnership of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2019 for the support of the Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit. Her affinity for working with older adults began as a child, and her relationships with three generations of women in her family. Beth and Dave raised their own children in an intergenerational household, together with Beth’s mother and sister.
Beth and Jan led “Aging: Facing New Realities, Renewing our Faith” in the Missouri Conference, UCC, in November 2019.