After a work career gaining valuable experience, skills, and connections, would you like to do something significant to make the world better, but don’t know how to go about realizing your vision?
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?
Many older adults are asking themselves these questions as they approach the so-called “retirement” stage of life. Some know more about what they don’t want than what they do want to do. Others are fearful of making life changes that could turn out poorly if they are not well considered.
And still, others have a gnawing sense they haven’t fulfilled the dreams they harbor inside and that they want to do something more for their family, their friends, and their community. They can’t get away from the profound realization that the world needs more fairness, more kindness, more social justice. But how do you think about this moment of transition in your life? How do you plan for a profoundly different future, one that you laid the foundation for during your life so far?
Encore Impact is for you!
Ready to go? Click here to apply!
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. We expect that 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.
- Sessions meet at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (3000 5th St. NW, New Brighton) during the spring semester (late January to early May 2018).
- Classes meet from 6-9 PM on the following dates in 2018: January 30, February 13, March 6, March 20, April 3, April 19, and May 1. The class will select a date in November for an Encore Impact Banquet.
- Each cohort is limited to fifteen participants.
- The cost of the full four-month Encore Impact course is $1,500. (Limited scholarships available for low-income participants.)
- Applications will be accepted from November 15 through December 31, 2017.
- Potential participants must submit an online application prior to acceptance into the cohort. There is a $25 application fee which will be deducted from the total cost upon acceptance.
- Participants should expect to purchase four books for use during the class, totaling around $50.
Interested? Click here to apply!
About the instructor:
The program is directed by Steve Newcom, United Faculty, Program Director – Social Transformation and Founding Director – Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice and Social Transformation. In 2008 Newcom received an Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to explore the intersection of theological education and social justice which led to the creation of the Kaleo Center in 2010. Prior to that Newcom served as Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice for eighteen years. At 64+ Steve is a ‘fellow traveler’ in his own encore career.
About United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities:
When you come to United, you join a community that is intentionally open, socially aware, and theologically adventurous. Our passion is equipping leaders to make real, lasting change in the world–whether your vocation is in faith leadership, non-profit leadership, academia, the arts, activism, or social entrepreneurship.
Founded as a welcoming, ecumenical school that embraces all denominations and faith traditions, United has been on the cutting edge of progressive theological thought leadership since it was established in 1962. Today, United continues to train leaders who dismantle systems of oppression, explore multifaith spirituality, and push the boundaries of knowledge.
Participants in the Encore program at United will become valuable members of this vibrant, growing community.
Questions? Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-255-6139.