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The Soul of Aging - an introduction

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Faith Presbyterian Church

8170 Hague Road

Indianapolis, IN 46256

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The Soul of Aging is a program for those who are interested in doing spiritual work delving into the challenges, joys, and possibilities of the aging process.

When physical eyesight declines, spiritual eyesight increases. - Plato

The Soul of Aging is based on the pioneering work of Parker J. Palmer and the Courage & Renewal process. A Circle of Trust® approach is designed to create a safe, powerful, and sacred space, where participants support one another to access wisdom and courage. Through this curriculum, we learn how to listen to our own truth, and create space that offers illumination and self-discovery for others.

This is an introduction to a multi-part series, which is a worthwhile standalone event. The whole series is for people who yearn to explore these topics together and want to be transformed by the aging process and are comfortable with the process and content.


The Soul of Aging is led by Charlotte Lohrenz, pastor of Faith, an experienced group leader who has been trained in the Circle of Trust method and this curriculum.

The themes of the series address many of the spiritual aspects of this season of our lives:

  • claiming our ancestors

  • questions of forgiveness and reconciliation

  • where we are in our spiritual development

  • what aspects of ourselves are still yearning for expression

  • our relationship with time

  • how to love and serve others

  • leaving a legacy

  • befriending our own deaths

Clearly, these themes invite a level of honesty and self-disclosure along the way. They yield deep rewards in our insight, health, and satisfaction with living and dying.

If you are up for such an exploration, please join this introductory event.

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Are there age requirements for the event?

No. We will have people who are still working and just thinking about retirement and people who have been out of the workforce for decades. If you have fewer decades ahead of you than behind you and/or you are thinking “how am I going to live the rest of my life?” you will fit right in.

Is this a Christian event?

No. Although for Christians, it may be. The Soul of Aging invites us to tend to our spiritual lives. There is no presumption or pressure to be any particular - or any - religion. We will each use our own language and imagery. If you are Christian, your faith will be deepened. However, all of us will find our spirits challenged and renewed.

Is the building handicapped accessible?

Our parking lot has handicapped spaces at both the east and west entrances. The building is one floor. Every bathroom has handicapped accessible stalls.

Is there a cost for the event?

No. There is no cost for the introductory event. Those who commit to the rest of the series will be asked to contribute $20, for supplies (paper, refreshments, etc.)

What should I bring?

Paper, pens, and pencils will be provided for notes and journaling, but if you prefer to write in a journal or like a particular writing implement, please bring those.

When will the additional sessions take place?

Plans will be made with those who would like to commit to the rest of the course in order to find the best times. We expect six more sessions, meeting every two weeks.

How can I learn more about Courage & Renewal?

Check out the information at Courage and Renewal's website.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call the church office at (317) 849-1930. The office administrator can answer questions about logistics. Content questions should be directed to Charlotte Lohrenz. You can also email cconners@faithpcindy.org.

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