Faith Formation and Spirituality: Adults and Seniors CHM571 / B

Instructor: Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD

This multidisciplinary course explores faith formation, spirituality, and the aging process of adults and seniors in order to assist congregations in authentically nurturing faith through all stages of adult life. The primary lenses for our exploration are human development and Christian spirituality, which lead us to consider economic, cultural, physical, medical, psychological, social, and religious dimensions. Specific themes addressed include: cultural myths and attitudes towards aging and the elderly; illness, death, and human finitude; medical care and longevity; spirituality, questions of faith, and theology of aging; relationships, friendships, and sexuality; complexity and diversity of experiences of aging; retirement and healthy aging; and ministry with the elderly.