Summer 2019 I Aging and Well-being: Navigating New Pathways for Health and Faith
The Summer 2019 issue of Church Health Reader looks at aging and well-being and how congregations can support the challenges and gifts of later life.
Inside this issue:
- Starring Roles Late in Life: A biblical perspective on aging, by Robin Gallaher Branch. In contrast to the prevailing culture, the Bible doesn’t fight aging. It not only accepts wrinkles and gray hair, it also honors those earning them.
Limits of Life, Grace in Transitions: Q&A with Martin E. Marty and Peter W. Marty
Both ordained Lutheran ministers, authors, and thinkers about religion and culture, Martin E. Marty and his son Peter W. Marty offer their reflections on faith and aging.
- Changing Ages, Changing Bodies: The church’s call to support wellness as members with chronic disease, by Laura Todd. How can the church better understand the health needs of older members and discover practical ways to partner with them for advocacy, support, encouragement, and learning?
- Looking for New Life: An aging congregation bears faithful witness to God’s grace, by Joyce Dinkins. In this personal narrative piece, the author shares the experience of visiting her husband’s childhood church, which on first glance seemed small, aging and lifeless, but soon revealed a heart beating strong with obedience to the gospel and a calling to reach out to the community around them.
- Quick facts on aging and how the church can help
- 4 Bible studies on aging and well-being