Assessment of the field of theological and spiritual formation of aging people

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Start Date: 
Tue, 01/01/1991
End Date: 
Thu, 12/31/1992

Dr. Melvin Kimble and colleagues at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary researched and developed a major new resource for scholars and practitioners working within the interdisciplinary context of religion and aging: Aging, Spirituality and Religion: a Handbook (Fortress Press 1995). Experts from across the country gathered to discuss the religious needs and desires of people as they grow into their senior years. The project (1) examined the impact of religious groups on spiritual growth and formation in later years of life, (2) sought to stimulate gerontological awareness amongst professional theologians and religious educators through a consultation process, (3) articulated cutting edge issues for future research into understanding spirituality and the aging process, and (4) sought to describe congregational programs and pastoral care processes that worked well in serving both community-dwelling and institutionalized elders. The result of their consultation process was published in the form of a handbook on "Aging, Spirituality and Religion," published by Fortress Press in 1995. (MH)