Wisdom is a Verb:
Supporting older adults, deepening their spiritual lives and creating communities to encourage and support them

Wisdom Conversations: opportunity for learning and sharing experiences of ministry with older adults

Wisdom Conversations

Tuesdays: February 15th and 22nd

2:00 – 3:30 EST

$15 registration fee includes both webinars


Join Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, executive director, Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging with United Church Homes and conversations with clergy, chaplains and spiritual directors who will share from their experience of ministries with older adults:

  • Rev. Dave Long-Higgins, Heartland Conference Minister, spiritual director
  • Rev. Rich Plant, retired UCC pastor, spiritual director
  • Rev. Becky King, Director of Spiritual Care for UCH Trinity Communities of Dayton
  • Rev. Kristen Orion, chaplain, Pilgrim Manor Community
  • Dr. Steve Geitgey, UCC chaplain, and spiritual director
  • Rev. Peggy Thompson, retired UCC chaplain, spiritual director and artist
  • Rev. Dr. Bobbie McKay, retired psychologist and UCC pastor
  • Rev. Erin Proie, Chaplain, UCH Chapel Hill Community
  • Ms. Jan Aerie, gerontologist and church consultant

This series will be held in two 90 minute zoom sessions.

Wisdom Conversations 2022

• Engage conversations about spirituality and aging/longevity in the context of local church and community ministries
• Share resources to compliment congregational ministries
• Provide opportunity to experience and reflect on personal spiritual growth as supporting longevity


Drawing on the work of Mary Catherine Bateson (Composing a Further Life, 2011), she suggests that wisdom is the accumulation of information and/or experiences which are ripened through continuing reflection over time during which we draw connections, find similarities and underlying patterns.


Wisdom is a process—a verb not a noun.
So how do we encourage individuals to engage in this process of ripening and deepening our relationships with the divine? What are the experiences of others who are called to work with older adults in ministry? And what is the role of community in this sacred wisdom growing work?


Wisdom Conversations is a program of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging and a donor-funded program of United Church Homes—a registered, Ohio nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.