Aged--Religious life

Apostolic Women Religious in the United States and Their Legacy

Author
Janice J Brown O.P. D.Min.
Abstract
The legacy of Jesus has manifested itself among different populations, within different cultures, and during different times. This thesis-project looks at this manifestation as it unfolds as the legacy of apostolic women religious in the United States. The legacy of each participating congregation was described as a mission or more specifically as the mission of Jesus. It has also been the experience of these women religious that legacy is most tangible in the relationships and trust they built with their students, coworkers, and community members with whom they worked and partnered.
The legacy of apostolic women religious is a witness to the gospel message that took root as Christianity two thousand years ago. The thesis-project begins by exploring the legacy of Jesus, as well as the historical context that furthers God’s mission through the lives of three historical women – Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, and Angela Merici. The research then flows into the brief history of the Ursuline Sisters in the United States. Reviewing the pre and post-Vatican II eras and their influence on religious life helps lay a foundation upon which apostolic women today have been formed.
The primary data was gathered through focus group discussions involving seven congregations consisting of thirty-five apostolic women religious. Their comments are summarized first by congregation in order to maintain the richness within each discussion, then by main themes, and concluded with a reflection on the legacy of these women as it finds meaning through the Gospel of John.
Legacy has many definitions, but what surfaced most prominently was legacy as ministry, and the ministries are what define the women. Legacy efforts included developing relationships, education, healing, inclusivity, and service. All of these works could be imagined as the ongoing narrative of the Gospels, epitomized in the Beloved Disciple.

Road to "Yuan Mun" Aging (Fulfilling Aging): Transforming Retirees to Active Volunteers

Author
Sin Kian Tan
Abstract
Aging is a world trend and global issue. It is important to provide a relevant equipping program to transform the young-old from retiree to an active servant of God, thus to live their life fruitfully and meaningfully and accomplish the task given by God which serves to bless the middle old and old-old generation. This paper focuses on two main areas: the transformation principles through the study of the life of Moses from shepherd of the flock to the leader of the Israelite crowd, and a study of the equipping program of the Golden Army of Heaven (GAOH) and modifications of it to suit the Singapore context. A survey of the young-old about their satisfaction and meaning found in life helps to determine the real-life condition of the young-old, and the evaluation of the Golden Army of Heaven (GAOH) conducted by the author examines the effectiveness and usefulness of the equipping program.

Inspiring a passion for service ministry in seniors at McKenzie Road Baptist Church

Author
Shirley Louise Cunningham
Abstract
Senior believers must stay active in service to continue their spiritual growth and passion for the Lord. Through this project, the candidate recruited, trained, and coordinated five teams of senior members in providing spiritual services in four community older adult residential facilities. The thirteen participating senior believers ministering to other seniors overcame common challenges older adults face and found a renewed passion for service. The participant's testimonies inspired the other senior members of McKenzie Road baptist for service.

Finishing Well: A Model for Pastoral Care in a Lifeplan Retirement Community

Author
Richard C North
Abstract
Hill View Retirement Center is a life-plan retirement community in Portsmouth, Ohio and will serve as the context. The purpose of the project is to design and implement a new model of spiritual life programming based on the principles of reminiscence and life review. It is believed that this approach will encourage and assist elderly persons in their journey toward the goal of finishing life well. Upon completion of the project, it will be implemented at Hill View as its pastoral care and spiritual life program. The design encourages continuing adaptation to the changing needs of residents at the Center.

Engaging Aging Church Members Faithful Living in a Covenant Community

Author
Deborah K Uchtman
Abstract
This project explores why it is that some aging church members in my context experience a feeling of hopelessness and seem to disconnect from their faith. This question will be explored with the book of Ruth and in particular, the character of Naomi through a bible study, sermon series and a special congregational event that features a storyteller.

mobilizing "second-mile" Christians to engage in ministries in a Chinese church through the Tribe of Caleb project: an initiative to equip Cantonese-speaking senior Christians and provide them with opportunities to serve

Author
Gerald K Chan
Abstract
Chinese churches in Canada have been enjoying significant growth over the past few decades, but their aging Cantonese-speaking congregations have started to show signs of withdrawal from active church ministry. Using the action research approach, this project conducted worship services, training, outreach activities, and regular reviews to mobilize senior Christians to serve in the local church over a period of seven months. The outcomes obtained through feedback showed that the participants have enjoyed personal growth, been revitalized, and re-engaged in serving in the church and outreach activities. Suggestions for other churches to test-run similar projects were also made.

Planted in the house of the Lord: developing dynamic corporate worship with Church of the Brethren aging Christians of continuing care retirement communities

Author
Norman D Yeater
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is toward the development of dynamic corporate worship with Continuing Care Retirement Community elder members of the Church of the Brethren. The theological framework as well as the theoretical and practical literature review will inform the project design for this thesis. Subsequently, a series of questions will be constructed in order to guide elder input, by questionnaire and focus group discussion, informing ministry leaders toward development of purposeful corporate worship with elders in transition from sanctuary to chapel. These responses will guide ministry leaders on how the corporate worship dynamic affirms belonging to God and becoming like Jesus with elder members of the Church of the Brethren.

Developing a strategy to reach unchurched senior adults through the churches of the Suncoast Baptist Association, Pinellas County, Florida

Author
Ervin L McWilson
Abstract
The purpose of the project was to develop a strategy to reach unchurched senior adults through the churches of the Suncoast Baptist Association, Pinellas County, Florida. The project director approached the project utilizing a Strategy Planning Model. With the support of a strategy planning team, an evangelistic outreach strategy emerged for the purpose of reaching unchurched senior adults in Pinellas County, Florida. The strategy planning team met once a week for four weeks. The strategy planning team examined the research made available for the purpose of developing a comprehensive strategy for the association. The project director assisted the strategy planning team in understanding the basic components of a strategy. He also guided the strategy planning team in completing a workable strategy for the association. The project director presented the strategy for approval during an executive board meeting of the Suncoast Baptist Association.

Equipping selected senior adult members of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, in disciple-making skills

Author
Christopher Oneal Moses
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected senior adult members of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee, in disciple-making skills. The project director began this project by researching the carious ways senior adults were making disciples in the local church. After developing a selected bibliography compiled of disciple-making resources, the project director determined the best disciple-making practices related to senior adults. From these best practices, the project director developed a seminar to equip selected senior adult members of Brainerd Baptist Church. After equipping the selected senior adult members, the project used an expert evaluation to analyze the equipping seminar.

New LEAF: an arts and theology resource for older adults

Author
Karen F Williams
Abstract
The church needs a viable resource to assist older adults in the congregation to experience and connect their faith and the arts. The author created and tested four sessions of an arts and theology resource with an older adult ministry in a local church. The sessions centered on art, poetry, games, and drama and concluded with evaluative surveys from participants. Additionally, three participants completed an arts interview and the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale. These sessions revealed positive responses from participants, confirmed the need of the resource's existence, and shattered the myth that older adults are uninterested in experiencing something new.
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