1st Edition

Religion and Aging An Anthology of the Poppele Papers

By Derrell R. Watkins Copyright 2001
    128 Pages
    by Routledge

    122 Pages
    by Routledge

    Find solace and wise counsel in these classics of spiritual gerontology!

    In these days, when so many people live beyond the Biblical threescore and ten, the spiritual questing and questioning of the aged demands a meaningful response from clergy, family members, and nursing home staff. The essays and research studies reprinted in Religion and Aging: An Anthology of the Poppele Papers investigate the role of faith in older people's lives. Many of these classic studies have been updated with new information.

    These essays were originally published in the Quarterly Papers on Religion and Aging. This renowned journal was issued from 1984 to 1994 by the Poppele Center for Health and Welfare Studies at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. The issues of spiritual gerontology discussed in that journal are still powerfully relevant today. Because back issues of the journal are not widely available, the cream of its ten-year history is being reissued in permanent form.

    Religion and Aging offers unfailing wisdom and insight in a broad range of issues, including:

    • training clergy to be more responsive to the needs of older people a historical perspective on the meaning of ”honoring thy father and mother” in first-century Judaism and Christianity
    • the Psalms as a way to help nursing home residents deal with pain, loneliness, anger, and other difficult emotions
    • original research into belief patterns of older Americans
    • ways to give meaning to suffering suggested by the lives and works of Viktor Frankl, Martin Gray, and Rabbi Harold Kushner
    • techniques of communicating with older people

      Religion and Aging is an invaluable resource to anyone who works with old people, whether in adult day-care programs, nursing homes, hospitals, or other senior citizens’groups. It will help chaplains, pastors, rabbis, and other clergy minister more effectively to the older members of their flock.

    • Introduction
    • A Holistic Approach to Ministry
    • Religion in Gerontological Research, Training and Practice
    • Ministry with the Elderly: Training Needs of Clergy
    • Reflections on the Role of the Church, Synagogue, or Parish in Developing Effective Ministries with Older Persons
    • Adult Children and Elderly Parents: The Worlds of the New Testament
    • The Psalms as a Resource for Nursing Home Ministry
    • Communication with Older Persons: Part I-Looking Within
    • Perspectives on Aging: Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant
    • Three Approaches to the Mystery of Suffering: Frankl, Gray and Kushner
    • In Wait for My Life: Aging and Desert Spirituality
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Derrell R. Watkins