Creating a Culture of Care ©
It is possible for congregations to move beyond the conventional “caring committees” by creating a holistic culture of care in which the entire congregation may participate in the mission of caring. While the focus of the workshop is about caring for the elderly, the concepts are broadly applicable.
The curriculum is solidly based in Unitarian Universalist theology.
- The curriculum includes:
- Articulating your vision
- A UU theology of care
- Developing a community response
- Avoiding ageism
- Assessment of Needs
- Caring with hands, hearts, and heads
- Collaboration and teamwork
This three-hour program is presented in an informal and interactive format that includes lecture, conversation, and brainstorming. The length of the program can be extended depending on the size of the group.
The minimum cost is $300.00 plus additional negotiated expenses such as copying handouts, lodging (home hospitality), travel time, and travel expenses. Weekend workshops are ideal. I am available to preach about the topic for a Sunday’s sermon.
Life Care-Planning Through Conversation and Covenant©
At some point in our lives, each of us will require care, and many of us will most likely have to provide care to another person. In truth, life care-planning is not just for the elderly. It is for all adults because disability can strike at any age. A larger truth is that planning for aging and disability is not a one-sided issue, because within our interdependent web many lives change the moment someone becomes ill or disabled.
We wish that care giving and care receiving go together hand in glove; but in reality the fit is often awkward and many times even dysfunctional! Therefore, life care-planning is essential not only for the person who will need care, but for the person who provides the care as well. This program addresses the needs of both the care-receiver as well as the care-giver so that everyone’s needs are considered.
This program will help families through a four-step process:
- Rethinking our Perspective: From Dependence to Interdependence
- Conversation: The intimate act of talking and listening with both head and heart
- Covenant: Making promises that are helpful and realistic.
- Sacred legal documents
- Power of attorney
- Living wills
- Health Care Surrogates
This four to five hour program is presented in an informal and interactive format that includes lecture and conversation.
The minimum cost is $400.00 plus additional negotiated expenses such as copying handouts, lodging (home hospitality), travel time, and travel. Weekend workshops are ideal. I am available to preach about the topic for a Sunday’s sermon.
Learning to be Old
As children and young adults we have mentors who guide us through transitions of growing up; but who teaches us how to grow old? This workshop is designed to be intergenerational. It concentrates on the positive aspects of aging with ‘real-life’ lessons provided by people who have learned to age well.
In order to promote intimacy and confidentiality, this two to three hour workshop is designed for no more than ten people. The program provides guided conversation between two or more generations. Pre-registration is necessary in order to have a balanced number of participants in each group. It is ideal program to be held during morning coffee or as a program during a congregational retreat.
The cost of the program is negotiable.