Wisdom Journey: Pilgrims Traveling Together
in the Last Third of Our Life
An online day retreat led by Ann Hoffman
Friday, September 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration opens August 13
The last third of our lives is not a time of non-life, merely coasting toward death, but a new stage of life. It is a season given to us as lagniappe – something extra offered as a gift. Just when we thought we had lived all there was for us, we discover that God has something more – an additional time for evaluating the best of our lives and passing on our wisdom to those coming behind us. It is a season meant to be taken more slowly, more reflectively, more intentionally. The task of these years is to celebrate the blessings and navigate the diminishments that time brings.
But how? In this online retreat we will engage with several practices that can guide us in these years to live more fully than ever before. Throughout our day we will consider:
- Reframing aging and dying
- Looking at the blessings and burdens of aging
- Learning to live with limitations
- Finding gratitude by rummaging for God
- Becoming a Christ-gift for others
- Accepting uncertainty
- Dealing with doubts and disappointments
Our day will be constructed around prayer, teaching sessions, Q and A time, and small-group discussion. Two live teaching sessions – 10 am to noon and 2 to 4 pm – will be separated by a long break for individual reflection and response offline.
We will give you suggestions for creating your own sacred space and encourage you to enter into the retreat day as you are able.
The teaching sessions will be conducted using Zoom conferencing. Don’t know how to use Zoom? We can help you get started.
When you register, we will send instructions for the day. You will need to have Internet access and a computer with microphone and built-in camera. You can use a tablet, but a computer is preferable.
Questions? Contact Marjorie George at firstname.lastname@example.org.