Annual Report 2022

The Wisdom Years

Now in its third year of ministry, The Wisdom Years continues to focus on spiritual formation for older adults.

The community that has built itself continues to develop deep spiritual connections with each other and love for each other. This year we have lost one of our community to death, four of us have lost husbands, one of us is going through divorce after 45 years of marriage, and several of our members have moved. We support and uphold each other, not with advice but with love and companionship, through these life crises we so often face in this season of life.

This year we hosted five studies by Zoom, with about 25-30 participants in each. The studies are generally 4 to 6 weeks long.

Crones Don’t Whine
Jan 20 – Feb 10
Using the book Crones Don’t Whine. By Jean Shinoda Bolen.

The Desert Mothers
March 3 – April 7
Using the book The Desert Mothers by the Rev. Mary Earle.

Exploring Sophia/ Seeking Wisdom
May 12- June 30
Using the book The Star in My Heart by Joyce Rupp.

Pilgrims Journeying Within
Sept 8 – Oct 27
Using the book The Soul of a Pilgrim by Christine Valters Paintner.

Adverbs for Advent
Nov 27 – Dec 15
Using the book Adverbs for Advent by Marilyn McEntyre.

We are increasingly posting the content of our studies on our website in a form that can be used by individuals, small groups, and congregations.

As we begin to emerge from the COVID pandemic, and aware that many people do not like to use Zoom, in 2023 we are expanding the ministry to include hybrid (in person and online simultaneously) one-day workshops. Our goal is to host four per year.

We are also writing a core curriculum that would emphasize the most common issues for those in their older years. Our emphasis continues to be on the spirituality of this season of life, realizing that as we age our longing for connection with God increases immeasurably. We want this curriculum to be accessible for congregations with very little work on their part.

We are grateful for the support of the diocese as The Wisdom Years reaches more and more late-age adults.

The Wisdom Years ministry is mentored by Marjorie George, Carla Pineda, and The Rev. Patricia Riggins.

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