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Ministry With the Aging
Designs, Challenges, Foundations

ISBN 9780866569347
Published October 5, 1989 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

Ministry With the Aging--the one most frequently used textbook in seminary courses that deal with ministry and aging--is now available from The Haworth Press. Here is a genuinely useful and informative text in which an all-star cast of authors reflects on the current situation of the aged in our society. Ministry With the Aging encourages a deeper appreciation of the presence and role of aging people with contemporary religion, addresses the challenges that the church and society face in a rapidly aging society, and provides practical applications for an effective ministry with the aging. Each chapter, whether it focuses on the role of the elderly in the early church, death and dying, ageism, retirement, or caring for elderly parents, is written by an eminent scholar who has chosen only the most relevant issues for discussion. A past runner up for the “Book of the Year Award” by the Academy of Parish Clergy, Ministry With the Aging is a landmark volume that can offer theology students a unique and insightful look at how they can best meet the needs of their elderly parishioners.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface

  • Introduction: The New Context for Ministry With the Aging
  • I. Foundations
  • Age and Aging in the Old Testament
  • The Elderly in the Life and Thought of the Early Church
  • Cultural Antecedents to Contemporary American Attitudes Toward Aging
  • Christian Theology and Aging: Basic Affirmations
  • Worship and Aging: Memory and Repentance
  • II. Challenges
  • Aging: On the Way to One’s End
  • Retirement
  • Ethical Aspects of Aging in America
  • Religion and the Elderly in Today’s World
  • The Family Relations of Older Persons
  • III. Designs
  • Adults With Parents in Crisis: A Personal Account
  • Education for Ministry With the Aging
  • Death, Dying, and the Elderly
  • Adult Religious Education and the Aging
  • Lay Ministries With Older Adults

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