In this one week intensive course, we share our attention between focused pastoral care and broader societal aspects of aging. We examine aging-related issues both as individuals’ personal circumstances and as clear manifestations of the broader societal context in which individual situations and problems are situated. Issues include (and are not limited to) developmental theories, marginalizations/inequalities/microaggressions, role changes/identities, spiritual development, caregiver supports, end of life issues. Activities include lectures (guest and instructors), discussions, films, enactments/role plays, art/music activities. Brief daily journaling and final paper required. Prerequisite reading of one book and some articles. Suitable for students interested in chaplaincy, hospice work, pastoral care, as well as students interested in aging and broader sociological perspectives.
Intermediate/advanced course intended for MDiv/MASC students, with doctoral upgrade possible.
The course relates to Thresholds #2 and #5. MFC Competences #2 and #4.
Students must contact the instructor via e-email prior to enrolling in order to receive permission to register. Registration is contingent upon faculty approval.