|Role of Elders: Study Course||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 28 May 2007 07:48:13 -0700 (PDT)|
Songaia Cohousing (41 people, 10.6 acres, near Seattle) is about to start a new 5-week study course on "Elders as Earth Keepers" - I've reviewed the study guide and there's quite a bit on elders in community. Any community interested in re-inventing or re-visioning the role of their elders (or helping seniors become elders) may find this of value. Here is the invitation that describes the course... ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Fred Lanphear To: Songaia Residents Dear Songaians, I invite you to join me in a five-week discussion course to re-vision the role of elders as Earth keepers. Some of you are not yet at the elder stage, but I can assure you that you will be, sooner or later. This is an opportunity for all of us to address two critical issues of our time; the role of elders (in our community and society) and what will be required of us to move towards a sustainable future. This course is similar to the two recent NWEI courses (http://nwei.org/) we held at Songaia over the last year (CR: 10-12 adults participated) It is self-facilitated with members taking turns opening, facilitating and closing each session. The course will be held Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, starting May 30th and ending June 27th. You do not have to attend every discussion for it to be meaningful. I am also inviting a few other folks, including those who are meeting to consider developing the adjoining property and some from Sharingwood (CR: another "nearby" cohousing community - just a 20 minute drive). The course topics are as follows: I. Elders Today: Obstacles and Opportunities. By offering a vision of what the Elder stage of life means & how it functions in the community, we also address the issues that constitute our culture's lack of regard for the Elder community. II. The Universe Story. Acknowledges that there is a greater story than the human story that can inform the way we live and our perception of our role in the Universe, particularly in recognizing the interrelatedness of all that exixts. III. The Great Work. The challenges we face ecologically in order to be able to healthfully live out the new cosmology. IV. Initiatives to Benefit Elders and Earth. Examples of what elders are doing now to carry out the Great Work. V. Taking Action Now. Elders reflecting on their personal role in the Universe Story/Great Work and planning ways to actively live out this role. The study guide was created by Imago for the Earth (www.imagoearth.org) and I have permission to make copies for $15 per copy. It would be helpful to know how many are interested in participating in this course and would like a copy. I will be available next Wednesday, May 23rd in the living room at 7:30 if anyone would like to look at the study guide before signing up. Otherwise, please let me know by then if you will participate so I can make copies available before our first session. For Earth and future generations, Fred
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