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Date posted:   Oct 06, 2021

Autumn Blessings: Spirituality in the Second Half of Life

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Fee: $60
Five Weeks


Featuring video of Dr. Kathleen Fischer and Fr. 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, articulating one's core values, and looking at one's personal power.

This course has a required text: Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead, Christian Adulthood: A Journey of Self-Discovery (Liguori Press, 2005) the text will be available as a PDF


Introductory Week
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

Special Features:

This course includes:

  • 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 Dr. Kathleen Fischer and Father Ronald Rolheiser at Boston College (available on the course site);
  • Transcripts of all videos available to view and download;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; and
  • A resource page to use for further study.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 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 usually available to participants at least three months 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.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed:
Course text by Evelyn Eaton Whitehead and James D. Whitehead, Christian Adulthood: A Journey of Self-Discovery (Liguori Press, 2005)

Time Commitment
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: Evelyn Eaton Whitehead, James D. Whitehead, Dr. Kathleen Fischer, and Father Ronald Rolheiser; Course designed by Dr. Barbara Radtke