From Age-ing to Sage-ing

Conscious Aging, Conscious Dying, a talk by Pat Hoertdoerfer

Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Within the next 30 years, it is expected that the number of people between the age of 65-85 will triple, and those over 85 will increase sixfold. While recognizing that aging is a part of the natural process of life, we will reflect on the challenges and blessings of conscious aging, conscious dying. My mentor and author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing©, rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi writes:

Facing and accepting our mortality is the doorway into a journey of self-discovery – harvesting life’s wisdom and becoming a sage. Woven into the warp and woof of existence, the presence of death deepens our appreciation of life. The more we embrace our mortality not as an aberration of God and nature, but as an agent urging us on to life completion, the more our anxiety transforms into feelings of awe, thanksgiving, and appreciation.

Come, let’s walk through that door of self-discovery! Together we will learn from many Wisdom Traditions, harvest our own wisdom and share gratitude for our ever-evolving journey toward becoming a sage.
About Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer:

Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who has designed and led many educational programs for people of all ages and intergenerational settings for the past 40 years. While serving in the Curriculum Development Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association, she worked on the trademark curricula Our Whole Lives and Neighboring Faiths as well as Creating Safe Congregations.

Currently she is one of 350 certified Sage-ing® Leaders in the United States and Canada who has been trained in a new philosophy of aging developed by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of From Age-ing to Sage-ing. A genuinely joyful and spirited person, Pat has shared her sage-ing ministry and leadership experience in academic institutions, community organizations and interfaith communities.