Aging Grace-Fully – Session Three

A New Vision for Aging

David Tillman December 19, 2011
Class: Ministry with Older Adults – United Theological Seminary, MN

 Session three “Aging Grace-Fully”

Thesis: Integrating mind, body, emotions and spirit to finish our lives well, as this is what God has intended for us.

Scripture: “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 – NIV)

Quote: “Age is the antidote to personal destruction, the call to spiritual growth, because age finally brings us to the point where there is nowhere else to go but inside for comfort, inside for wealth, inside for the things that really count. It is the damping-down time of life. Our passions and flaw—ager, jealousy, envy, pride—subside to the point that we begin to awaken to another whole level of life. The interior life, the search for the sacred, takes over to the point that we can begin to assess how much energy that passions and flaws have drained from our life.”[xxx]

Movie Clip Study: Show 30 minutes of the movie “Grow Old Along with Me: The Poetry of Aging” collection of poems and wisdom from life spoken by a number of older actors and actresses.[xxxi] Film worksheet, passed out before the movie[xxxii]  

Worksheet questions: 1) What theological themes emerged in the course of the film? 2) In the film what insights caught your attention?  After the movie take 3 minutes to complete your answers to the film worksheet, then discuss for 10 minutes in your small group your answers, and then we will come back into the larger group to share answers and insights for another 5 minutes.

     Conclusion: I hope our time talking about Aging Grace-Fully, watching a portion of “Grow Old Along with Me”, the film worksheet and our discussion has been valuable to you. I am passing out course evaluations….etc. as before.

[xxx] Joan Chittister, The Gift of Years, 69.
[xxxi] Grow Old Along With Me – The Poetry of Aging. Dir. Anne Macksound and John Ankele, Lanhan, MD: National Film Network, 2000, c1999, DVD video recording.
[xxxii] Robert Albers, The Bucket List Movie Questions, (New Brighton, MN, United Theological Seminary, Ministry with Older Adults class, November 3, 2011).

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