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Spirituality and Aging: 5-Week Course


This five-week seminar addresses important issues that arise increasingly in the prime of life and beyond. Ripening while aging provides many opportunities for growth, healing, forgiving, loving, and letting go. Advancing years also bring a different set of challenges--disappointments in relationships and the workplace, more aches and pains, and the call to face one's own death. Where does the road lead? Where lies meaning in this journey? Basing respectful discussions on the instructor’s syllabus, together we will seek to grow older by creating authentic, courageous pathways for engaging with God, our selves and others.

Thursday Mornings
September 19 - October 17
9:30-11:30 AM

Cost: $145

A weekly syllabus will be provided with guiding questions to consider for each week’s topic, along with supplemental reading materials.

Week 1 - Introductions

Week 2 - Retirement or Refirement

Week 3 - Spiritual Relationships

Week 4 - Spiritual Legacy

Week 5 - Dying and Death




Dr. Achenbaum taught history and gerentology for forty years before his retirement from University of Houston in 2017. He has published six books, edited 12 collections, and authored more than 200 articles and reviews, including "Spirituality and Aging,” a green paper published by ISH.  He offered a course by this name for the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work for many years. He now serves as a scholar in residence at ISH and is excited to explore dimensions of the spirituality of age in this intimate setting.

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