Older Adult Summer Symposium at Carey Centre @ UBC

August 25, 2014 @ 9:30 am – August 26, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Carey Centre
5920 Iona Drive
The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T
$95 (includes meals does not include accommodations)
Esther Kitchener
604.225.5917 (direct)

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Date: Monday, August 25- Tuesday, August 26
Time: Monday 9:30 a.m.- Tuesday 3:30 p.m.
Cost:  $95/person (includes catered breaks and meals)
Location: Carey Centre
* Quiet, clean, onsite accommodations available for an additional fee.  More information HERE
If booking accommodations at Carey for this event, please let Reception know that you are booking for Week 3.

Churches and communities are experiencing an unprecedented ministry challenge and opportunity over the next 25-40 years in responding to an aging population. There needs to be a more cooperative and informed approach to discerning, planning and resourcing local church ministries to serve the varied needs of older adults and their families. This summer symposium aims to bring together participants for consultation and mutual encouragement through plenary input sessions, guided discussion, resourcing workshops and other network building activities. The topics and issues addressed will be helpful for either those currently involved or those interested in developing new and connecting ministries with older adults. Pastors, church leaders, health/social care professionals and anyone interested in learning about and making a contribution to this emerging missional challenge and opportunity are encouraged to attend.

* We are encouraging you and others from your church to plan to join us for a time of networking, consultation and vision formation, as we respond to this emerging ministry/mission challenge and opportunity. Watch here for more information over the coming weeks.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Paul Pearce, Dr. Paul Stevens, and Rev. Fay Puddicombe

Monday morning:
Being and Serving Older Adults: The Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Paul Pearce, Director for the Centre for Healthy Aging Transitions/ Carey Institute
Our communities and churches are experiencing an unprecedented time of change due to a rapidly growing demographic of older adults (55+/-)
The aging “boomers” generation is providing the church with a “generational mission” possibility which will require a thoughtful and creative response and resourcing. This session will provide an orientation to the symposium and dialogue for discerning together how we can network, resource and support one another in our lives and ministries. We will review the factors (vocational, wellness, social, resources, spiritual) contributing to healthy aging and how they will influence our own lives and those we serve.


Monday evening PUBLIC LECTURE. 7:00 P.M. @ CAREY
Aging and Spirituality: Faith Flourishing in the Second Half and Third Third of Life
Dr. R. Paul Stevens, Professor Emeritus, Marketplace Theology, Regent College
The process of aging is itself a spiritual discipline, inviting us to go deep, to find a more substantial and significant relationship with God and life. There are patterns of spiritual growth, sometimes called “spiritual disciplines,” which are especially significant for people as they age, and these will be considered in the seminar. But in the process of aging, various vices and virtues are revealed, which when identified can enable us to flourish and produce spiritual fruit in the maturing years. Practical steps, hands-on engagement and interaction will be included in this presentation.


Tuesday morning:
Don’t Retire….Refire!
Rev. Fay Puddicombe, Pastor with the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Certified Retirement Coach

How do you find vision and mission for our retirement years? During this session we will look at ways to evaluate where we are, the numerous areas of life to consider when retiring and how to find that ‘spark’ that makes this new phase of life exciting and meaningful. How can you use the skills and experience you gathered in your working career to have an impact now? Through discussion and some fun exercises, we will together explore the opportunities.










**Please select TWO workshops you would like to attend and email your selection to ekitchener@carey-edu.ca or call 604.225.5917.

WELLNESS ~ Successful Aging: Strategies for Healthy Living

In recent years the value of prevention strategies in preserving health has become more obvious. How does one take care of an aging brain? What can be done to prevent dementia? What are guidelines for optimal physical activity for older adults? What is the best diet for a healthy lifestyle? How can I improve my sleep quality? We will review current scientific literature in order to inform our recommendations for healthy living strategies. It’s never too late and not too early to get healthy!

Facilitator: Joy Liao (MD, MPH, FRCPC) is a Staff Geriatrician at Providence Health Care and a Clinical Instructor with the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UBC. She is a member of First Baptist Church, Vancouver.


VOCATIONAL ~ Balancing Doing with Being: the heart of vocation (avocation) in later life

The latter years of life represent a time of less doing and more being. However, most of us have constructed meaning out of doing and need to discover how to also construct meaning in being.  The Workshop will explore ways of finding meaning in being as well as doing.

“My object in living is to unite my avocation and my vocation”-Robert

Facilitators:  Janet Fisher is an Educator, Seminar Leader, Retired Hospital Chaplain and Poet
and Gerry Fisher is a Pastor, Educator, Administrator and Academic.


SOCIAL ~ Breaking the Pattern of Isolation in Aging

We live in a society where those who are aging are increasingly isolated while the gifts of aging are not valued or honoured. This interactive workshop will explore the problem of isolation and how we can recover a vision for aging that is community oriented and that receives the gifts of elders.

Beginning with individual, biblical and cultural stories of older adults finding and holding community in their later years, together we will imagine and share creative ideas for breaking the pattern of isolation that we see and experience in aging.

Facilitators: Wendy and John Hardy and Joy Banks

Wendy and John Hardy are both retired, John from Pastoral ministry (40 years) and Wendy from child rearing (4 married sons), ESL teaching and multiple church related activities. They presently are involved in 3 primary communities: Family (intentional community with 2 sons and 5 grandchildren + 2 daughters-in-law living in a home in South Surrey), Rivendell Hosting community and South Point Church. The Hardys are looking forward to sharing their experiences as well as gaining from the experiences and stories of others in this workshop.

Joy Banks  is a pastor at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, a multi-age, multi-cultural community church in East Vancouver.  Having lived in an intentional community house of hospitality for 12 years and worked for 11 years as a community chaplain before pastoring, she is passionate about nurturing community in this age of increasing isolation and individualism.

SPIRITUAL ~ Finishing Your Story Well

If the senior years are the last chapter of life in the narrative of life, then dying and death are the final pages. What will be written on those pages in my story and in yours? What does it mean to have a good death? Is there anything that one can do to increase the likelihood of dying well? David Morrison hopes to explore these questions with workshop participants in our time together.

Facilitator: David Morrison

David Morrison, a CBWC pastor for 25 years, now is a chaplain specializing in palliative and end of life care at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Over the last eight years in the hospital, he has learned that some Christians die well and some do not die well at all. He is interested in understanding what makes the difference.

RESOURCES ~ Discovering & Using What I Bring To The Later Years Of Life

All of us bring a wealth ( not just financial) of “personal equity” resources which can be of value for ourselves and others as we live into the later years of life. Becoming aware and appreciating the cumulative value of our lives and experiences, career, achievements, personal integrity, supportive relationships and an adequate financial plan to sustain our basic living needs and expectations will greatly enhance living more fully as we age. The workshop will provide a discussion on how
to recognize our personal resources and use them wisely.

Facilitator: Jack Borchert

Jack Borchert, a CBWC pastor has served in a number of CBWC churches, been the CEO of the CBWC FOUNDATION and member of the CBWC staff leadership team and is currently serving on the leadership team at Summerland Baptist Church.


9:30 start (coffee available upon arrival)
10:00 Plenary Session with Dr. Paul Pearce
11:15 Group work
12:15 lunch
1:30-2:30 workshops x 5
2:30 break
2:45-3:45 workshops x 5
5:30-6:30 BBQ
7:00 Public Lecture with Dr. Paul Stevens @ St. Marks College (Across the street)
9:00 Plenary Session with Rev. Fay Puddicombe
10:30 coffee break
10:45 Group work
12:00 Lunch
1:15-2:15 Group Discussion “Where to?”
2:15 Break
2:30-3:30 Final Discussion & Wrap up