Encore 2020


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Are you someone with decades of skills, connections, insights, wisdom and experiences? Are you wondering how to bring this lifetime of experience to bear on the many issues facing our world and its future? Are you looking forward to your Encore chapter, but not sure how to navigate your transition?

Encore 2020 is for you.

Encore 2020 is a seven month seminar for adults age 55 and over seeking to discern and build their Encore chapter of purpose and meaning.  The course focuses on identifying  and addressing critical issues of aging, transition, spirituality and social purpose. The class provides a supportive environment of co-travelers exploring their Encore chapter.

Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and insight. Extensive time is dedicated to guided group discussion. A key outcome is the development of an individual  plan to explore an Encore stage of work or activity.

Creating a supportive community for learning and exploration.
Encore 2020 runs seminar style to maximize participant engagement. Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and contemplation. Readings include a variety of spiritual, psychological, sociological and practical topics. These readings ground your discernment, deepen your understanding of the process of aging, the challenging task of transition, and provide a practical guide for our journeys. We will dedicate significant time to guided group discussion and real-world applications of what we learn.

Seminar Format
The seminar includes 13 sessions between October 20, 2020 through April 20, 2021. Sessions are held on the first and third Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30. Participants should plan to dedicate 7 -9 hours per month to the cohort, which includes readings class time, check-ins, and personal reflection. Class begins on October 13 with guided preparation for the first class session on Oct. 20.

Seminar Dates
Tuesday – October 20
Tuesday – November 3
Tuesday – November 17
Tuesday – December 1
Tuesday – December 15
Tuesday – January 5
Tuesday – January 19
Tuesday – February 2
Tuesday – February 16
Tuesday – March 2
Tuesday – March 16
Tuesday – April 6
Tuesday – April 20

Registration is open and limited to 15
Encore 2020 begins on October 13. Applications are now open and are considered as they are received. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Cost of the course is on as sliding scale from $1,200 to $600.

What participants have said:

“I want to thank you for the opportunity to be part of the Encore class.  The amazing group of classmates, the stimulating readings, and the rich, wise learning environment that you created for us – – – all, collectively and magically, offered so much to carry forward as I approach this next leg of the journey.  I know that what I took away will continue to influence/guide my perspective.  Your leadership and wisdom gave life to all of that.”  – Maureen Phillips

You can apply now by clicking here.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to steve@kaleo.center.

The class is led by Steve Newcom, Founding Director – Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation. In 2008 Steve 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 his fellowship, Steve served as Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice for eighteen years. At 67, Steve is a ‘fellow traveler’ in his own encore career, balancing advancing justice in the world and accompanying his eight grandchildren of many hues in a world which privileges whiteness.


About Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation

Situated at the intersection of spirituality, academy and community, Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation exists to advance the theory and practice (praxis) of spirit grounded movements for justice.

  • We Prepare. Training leaders across faith traditions and spiritual communities with the theological, strategic, analytical and practical skills needed to act powerfully in the transformation of the world.
  • We Advance. Building a national movement within theological education to effectively prepare faith leaders in the arts of social transformation.
  • We Connect. We believe that justice requires collaboration and deep abiding relationships; we bind together, and we unite allies for a more fair and just world. Kaleo works in multi-faith collaboration building local movements for justice.
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