The past 18 months have been a tragic and brutal reminder of the impacts of serious illness, dying and bereavement. Whilst individual experiences have varied greatly, COVID-19 has highlighted an eternal truth: we are a community rooted in the shared experience of mortality. We are all vulnerable ultimately to the fears, uncertainties, suffering and losses […]
It’s easy to feel that an interest in ethics or philosophy is only loosely connected to everyday life, but of course the theories they generate can be investigated and evidenced for their practical impact. The care of older people is a case in point. The nature and definitions of health, wellbeing, responsibility, reciprocity and many […]
….. I love the freedom to be able to let ideas and thoughts develop in a way that is without frameworks.
….. My work leading Compassionate Inverclyde is exactly like that. There is no prescription, it evolves daily, naturally following its own path, listening to the ideas of a community and letting that grass root thinking emerge. …..
Debbie Thrower invites greater participation in Scotland in Anna Chaplaincy for Older People. ‘It is gaining traction in many parts of the UK’, she writes, ‘as an effective way of supporting people post retirement and benefitting from the gifts and skills of people in later life. It is time to see more such work in […]
Here we are in July about to take a summer break to recoup our energy and plan for the future. It has been a rollercoaster for so many people as they cope with working from home, managing family and work commitments. We all need that space in which to stop and have an oasis of time for ourselves, friends, and family.
In March this year, Professor John Swinton game a thought-provoking seminar on “Spirituality and Mental Health Challenges” for Faith in Older People (FIOP). A specific challenge for all of us is how we address stigma. “It is not who I am, its how you see me” was highlighted in his presentation.
To take this forward Professor Swinton has kindly agreed to FIOP publishing an extract from his book Finding Jesus in the Storm – The Spiritual Lives of Christians with mental health Challenges which address this issue.
How can preachers and worship leaders offer worship that will assist church members in recovery from the problems of lockdown, and enable individual and congregational well-being, while they, themselves, are coping with their own stresses and anxieties? This is the question I am planning to put in the opening session of an online weekend conference […]
After listening to and learning from older people over 60 years as a Methodist Minister and 20 year’s research in the subject, I do value the narratives of older people. But I bring three questions to our subject; Why? What? and How?
Faith in Older People and the Church of Scotland Guild have worked together over several years to bring together an ecumenical group to consult about key issues emerging for older people. It was supported by Action on Churches Together in Scotland which enabled several meetings and two conferences. Loneliness and isolation …..
May the Spirit of Love be within us and between us and in these words, Amen. Here we are more than two weeks into the letting go of Lent and another two weeks into this long, complex, and wounding pandemic. There have been gifts, for sure, and I would not be without them, but this […]