Are you frustrated that the reality of your kids and grandchildren is fraught with danger, inequality, a hurting planet, racism, sexism, and so much more– and you feel pulled to do something about it now that you have accumulated so many skills and insights? Are you feeling you could walk further on your spiritual journey—through reading, contemplation, meditation, through discerning your personal values? Do you feel your faith calling you to work toward social justice, but you’re not sure where or how to begin?
Encore Impact engages a diverse group of 55+ adults in a four-month program of discernment, dialogue, and experience with what an “encore” stage of productive, social-purpose focused adulthood might look like.
The group will meet evenings for eight, three-hour sessions on Tuesdays approximately every two weeks to work through critical questions and develop individual plans of Encore lives in social justice and social purpose. Encore Impact runs seminar style to maximize participant engagement. Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and contemplation. Readings include spiritual selections (e.g. New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton) as well as practical material (e.g. The Encore Career Handbook). Extensive time is dedicated to guided group discussion. Many of the discussions will be guided by the participants themselves.
A key outcome of your time at Encore Impact is the development of an individual experiential plan to learn more about an Encore stage work/activity. To help with this planning, Encore Impact includes an expectation of field experiences or mentoring connection to provide a hands-on look at how to bring one’s values and faith to work in a real life situation.
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