Archive for May 2013

For nearly twenty years, I was what might be called a “home church” kind of guy.   Every Thursday night, my wife and I would gather with friends to discuss mostly Christian texts,  plus a  hearty mix from Buddhism and other faiths.  And a least a couple of weekends a year we’d go off together to practice meditation or have other spiritual adventures.

But I joined – and became increasingly involved in the Methodist Church – as I learned more about the “method” behind Methodism  I was especially impressed by the Quadrilateral.  It’s a balanced approach to finding “truth” in  religion that  considers four  factors: Scripture, tradition, reason and experience to understand more about God and wrestle with conflicting beliefs.

My friend, Pastor Brian McCaffrey who is one of my partners in this project, tells me that something similar to the Quadrilateral is found in most mainline Christian faiths.

The above links explain some of this.  I especially like the part about “the need is not to quell the conflicts, but to create an environment in which it’s safe for people to experience them, to wrestle with the ‘angels'”.

That’s the kind of environment offered now in many churches and in the workshops, groups and ministries that are affiliated with  Living Well.

Get involved, and help us make Living Well better!

 

'Quote' Post | By on May 28, 2013

More Spiritual than Religious?

According to a 2002 Gallup poll, 50% of Americans described themselves as “religious,” while another 33% said they are “spiritual but not religious”.

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How do you see yourself?   …and why?

Use this section  to discuss:

-What draws you to religion? …spiritual guidance? …fellowship? …liturgy?

-What has turned you off? …doctrine(s)?  …clergy behavior(s)?

 

Mini-grants are available to United Methodist Churches that belong to the Upper New York Annual Conference.  To learn more, please visit. www.NeverTooOld.net.

'Aside' Post | By on May 27, 2013

How to use this site

Welcome!    Please use this site to discuss our online Pilgrimage retreat – as well as  the information, programs and resources on the Never Too Old website.NTO home page 110712

Your questions and suggestions – as well as posts about your struggles and successes – are most welcome!

Use the menu at the top of this page to see what others are posting about the  Never Too Old topics  (e.g  Affording What’s Best;  Devotion and Worship; Finding More Love, Online Retreat)  Please comment on these posts  …or start a new discussion if you like.

Professionals (e.g., ministers, church leaders, social workers, healthcare professionals and senior service providers) are encouraged to contribute to this site.

Professionals may also wish to join more in-depth discussions and networking  about training, inter-faith programs, grants, funding and other topics at the Northeast Forum on Spirituality and Aging (NEFOSA) blog on Linked-In.