Articles on Older Adult Ministries

Helping Elderly Embrace New “Blooms”

Jim Stinson, Former Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

April 01, 2012

“I have an appointment with April.” Purportedly these are the last words delivered by George Santayana—philosopher and poet—as he presented his last lecture as a professor at Harvard. Santayana had inherited enough wealth to allow him to retire early. As he spoke to his class, he glanced out a window and noticed a forsythia bush in full bloom. So taken by the sight, he stopped what he was doing, gathered his papers, put them in his brief case, announced to those attending the lecture, “I have an...

Rainbows a Sign of Hope Forever

Jim Stinson, Former Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 01, 2012

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? I remember the first time I heard Kermit the Frog (my favorite Sesame Street character) sing this song, asking this question. As I round out my 10th year as Director of Spiritual Life for the United Methodist Homes, Kermit’s question is more important and the answer to it is clearer. I’ve been asked two questions lately, with some frequency. The first is: “Don’t you get tired of dealing with old people, with all their ...

Embracing the Life That is — Gifts & Frailties

Jim Stinson, Former Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 01, 2012

Bill had a major operation recently. Before the surgery, his doctor told him that there was a good chance that he would end up with some paralysis. Bill said he prayed that any paralysis not affect his arms and hands. In fact he did end up having full use of both his arms and hands, although he does have some paralysis of his legs. Bill did rehab as a patient at our Bishop Wicke Health Care Center. Every day he was there he would leave his therapy sessions and play the piano in our lobby. The ...

Tech-Savvy Ways May Isolate Older Adults

Jim Stinson, Former Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

January 01, 2012

Sound bites! Who knew this expression would gain such wide usage? It speaks to the language of social media where many words are not even fully spelled out—brevity and the sense of rushing being deemed more important than taking the time to truly speak to one another. It speaks to a time where many communicate in one or two words. Later! Gotta go! Call me! It may be one approaching a milestone birthday who muses about such things. I’m not sure. But nonetheless I miss the days of phone calls....

Links to Previous Articles by Jim Stinson

Jim Stinson, Former Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

December 01, 2011

Aging Can Be a Strange Land Beginning a Ministry with Older Adults Being Good at Who I Am Being Present Blessed to be a Blessing The Blessing of Service, No Matter the Age Care Offers Independence, Dignity, Choice, August 2010 Challenging the Assumptions Coping with Change Deserved to Be Noticed Don't Say That Word! Durable People, May 2009 The Elderly as Partners in Ministry Facing the Unknown with God From Garden to Flower Pot Healing Spiritual Pain Help Elderly Rid “Veil of Helplessness,” ...

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