The Myth of Independence. Each of us will require care and each of us will give care to someone. Thus, we must move out of our denial that we are independent and make plans to grow old together within a context of a caring community. we will consider a theology of interdependence and covenant so that the needs of care-receivers and care-givers are addressed.
The Cost of Loneliness. Loneliness is an often overlooked but serious result of being old and poor. I explore the phenomenon of loneliness and its affect on individuals as well as the community.
What Would I Do With Two More Years? How do we decide to be old? How do we decide when it’s time to give up and die? And, just how old do we have to get to figure out the answer?
Creating a Culture of Care. Caring is a task assigned to the ecclesia rather than a “caring committee”; that is, it takes an assembly of caregivers to create a culture of care. Caring at its best is grounded in an interdependent model in which the needs of the care-givers are every bit as important as the needs of the care-receivers so that everyone’s needs are met through thoughtful mutual accountability and relational behaviors such as love, respect, and forgiveness, and trust.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? As parents, spouses, partners, and adult children, each of us will require care from another person and each of us will give care to someone. The caring relationship can last for days or even years and often times it’s just not easy! We will take a close look at the relationship between care-giver and care-receiver and discover how an interdependent relationship is the healthiest.