Autumn Blessings: Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
Featuring video of Dr. Kathleen Fischer and Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.
This course examines the spiritual tasks in the second half of adulthood in contrast to the first half of life. In the course, participants have an opportunity to reflect on hope, forgiveness, mercy, self-love, and the meaning of discipleship at this stage of life. There is discussion of living in the present, shaping one’s legacy and articulating one’s core values, and looking at one’s personal power.
Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.
- Reading from Evelyn and James Whitehead’s book Christian Adulthood (to be purchased separately by participants);
- Streaming video of segments of presentations previously given by Kathleen Fischer and Ronald Rolheiser at Boston College (available on the course site);
- Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
- A weekly introduction and study guide;
- A resource page to use for further study;
- A "Town Meeting" forum where participants can meet and socialize;
- Those who actively participate (a minimum of three substantive posts per week) receive a Certificate of Active Participation for the course.
All C21 Online courses and workshops include these features:
- Participants have access 24 hours per day/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site;
- Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator;
- Site is open to participants at least one week before and one week after the course;
- An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available;
- Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
Week 1: Metaphors for Stages of Life; Spiritual Tasks
Week 2: Living in the Present and Seasoning the Senses
Week 3: Human Integrity and Self-Love
Week 4: Shaping our Legacy and Awareness of Personal Power
Additional Materials Needed
Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead's book Christian Adulthood: A Journey of Self-Discovery (Liguori Press, 2005)
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.
Content Scholar: Course designed by Dr. Barbara Radtke
"The Fischer video and Whitehead book prompted my looking at my spiritual journey in a way that I would not have done otherwise... Significant for me was the emphasis on forgiveness and reconciliation." ~Spring 2010 participant
"I like thinking of myself as a spiritual elder. I liked knowing that there are others in different areas and different walks of life that are feeling the same feelings I am about the second half of life." ~Fall 2009 participant