Fourth Quarter - The Center for Elder Spirituality

The Fourth Quarter of our lives asks much of us - how will we use this time?  What is the legacy we will leave behind?  What might the god of love and wholeness ask of us in this time?  What are the special gifts that come for you from the quiet, reflective, and creative explorations of this time?  Help us make this a center of spiritual life for us and for our community.  Think of what you can offer; think of what you might need.  

Here’s a brief summary of groups you might wish to consider as part of your spiritual journey.  Let me also suggest that although the content of some of them is geared to elders, over 65 or so, it might prove useful to those younger adults who are looking at the aging of their parents and wondering  how they might (and might not) be helpful to the process.  If you find it difficult to drive or navigate, the rectory is very accessible, and we have drivers who will come and pick you up and take you home.  Just show some interest, and we will make sure you get here.  Beth Harrison is the convener, but shared leadership is the goal.

 

Cook Once, Eat Thrice

Jenny Bruce will offer a hands-on cooking lesson specifically for empty-nesters and now-singles where the work is done once and you can enjoy the meal two or three times.  Registration is required so that adequate supplies can be purchased, and class size is limited to a maximum of 5 people at a time, and is held in the Rectory kitchen.  First session is Saturday, November 3, 10am - 1pm.  Contact the office if interested.

 

The Book Group

          

The Book Group has seven books on its plate.  It will meet monthly, on a Monday morning 10-12 in the Rectory. The first meeting is Monday, Oct. 21.  The first book is a kind of primer on living a life of wholeness in our mature years.  Written by James Hollis, it is Living an Examined Life:  Wisdom for the Second Half of the Journey.  At 119 pages, it is meant to be read and pondered one short chapter a day for 21 days.  His writing is clear, simple, profound.  Then come books by Joan Chittister (a Roman Catholic nun), Lewis Richmond (a Buddhist), Parker Palmer (a Quaker), Mary Morrison, Atul Gawande (a Harvard physician who is a supporter of Shrinemont), Frank J Cunningham, and Richard Rohr.  If you want the titles, just ask Beth Harrison for the list.  If you find it difficult to drive or navigate, the rectory is very accessible, and we have drivers who will come and pick you up and take you home.  Just show some interest, and we will make sure you get there.  Beth Harrison is the convener, but shared leadership is the goal.

 

The Dream Group

The Dream Group will meet weekly, and will meet for as many weeks as there are members.  (If there are 8 people, they will meet for 9 weeks, e.g.)  Bill Harrison is the convener and leader of the group.  They will meet on Mondays, 1-3pm.  If you are interested, or want to know more about the process, please talk to either Bill or Beth.

 

Art Time

           

The Art time will initially begin 10-12 am on Tuesday mornings.  We are beginning to explore the use of mandalas as an expression of inner spirit.  There will be some instruction in the process, and then just time to play with it.  It’s an experiment, and we’ll just see where it takes us.

The Life and Teachings of Jesus

Tuesday afternoons, 1-3 pm will be a course on the Life and Teachings of Jesus.  It will explore the Biblical record of the Jesus material, and we will explore the ramifications of these teachings for our own lives.  There will be an experiential component, some related music and art, and a lot of conversation around the issues raised.  We will ask where these stories are happening on the front pages of our papers, where they are happening around our dining room table, and where they crop up within our own psyches.  We will meet every Tuesday for as long as it takes.  The textbook is a parallel text of the Synoptic gospels and John.  If you could let Beth know you are interested, we’ll get the text ordered for you.

Grief Group

Harrison Higgins will be present for a grief group each Thursday morning, 10-12 am.  Begins November 8.   If you are grieving, for present losses or losses long ago, please consider showing up.  Harrison well knows the terrain of grief, and we can all benefit from the sharing of our stories in a loving place.

 

Movie Night!

           

And, just for fun, this Friday night, November 2, we will have Movie Night, beginning at 7 in Brydon Hall.  We will show Quartet (Maggie Smith, et. al.), then talk about it.  There will be popcorn.  So, come!  Movie Night will be occasional and announced ahead of time.

            There are more offerings and activities, but enough is enough for now. 

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