Becoming an “elder” has lost most of its meaning in our culture. Yet eldership presents the promise of wise leadership for the greater good. Many key thought leaders, from psychologist Carl Jung to theologian Richard Rohr, have indicated that we live through two very different halves of life, each with its own corresponding tasks and gifts. Those of us in the second half of life can learn to embrace the wisdom of being a true elder.
What is an elder wisdom circle? Words alone aren't enough to convey the experience but a number of circles decided to write a few sentences that better describe what we do, and why everyone takes time from their busy lives to participate each week. Here are a few individual comments:
"A group of kind, thoughtful and curious individuals that meet weekly to provide a safe space for the exploration of questions regarding the meaning and purpose of life through an examination of our life experiences, past, present and future."
"At it's best, Elder Wisdom allows me to listen to points of view that are formed with thought and knowledge and care. It helps me to think more clearly at levels beyond dogma and age-old, accepted patterns. Elder Wisdom reminds me to think beyond what's happening in the world, what-hurts-today, or what's for dinner. Because those are the least important things, if I only remember…”
"The importance, to me, lies in the fact that a small group of people, with whom I share no historical baggage, willingly gathers week after week to listen to each other, share our thoughts and, sometimes, vulnerabilities, and support each other in our quests for personal meaning. This is a unique and precious two hours in my life every seven days."
These circles explore the potentially transformative nature of aging, becoming an elder, and the importance of developing wisdom in the second half of life. Each week we get together to explore some facet of wisdom, aging, and spirituality through group discussion and reflection. Some circles use texts and readings as a launching point.
CURRENT ELDER WISDOM CIRCLES
Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in Ft. Mitchell at Lakeside Presbyterian Church.
Mondays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Hyde Park at Knox Presbyterian Church.
Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Hyde Park at Knox Presbyterian Church.
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm in Hyde Park at Hyde Park Bethlehem Church.
Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in Wyoming at the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming.
Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00 pm in Wyoming at the Presbyterian Church of Wyoming.
We have a few openings for new participants in both of the circles that meet at Knox church (Mondays or Tuesdays).
To sign up or for more information:
Click "Register" below or call 513-259-2280
Our circles operate with a sliding scale. There is a suggested donation of $50-100 per quarter (every 12 weeks), however we want you to attend even if you feel you cannot afford that amount! Just contact us. Contributions above the suggested donation rate are also welcome 😃. Donations may be tax deductible.
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