Traverse is a 6 month seminar for adults age 55+ seeking to discern and build their “encore” chapter of social purpose and meaning. The class is grounded in the affirmation that as older adults we hold a lifetime of experience, expertise and wisdom (on our better days). We see aging and transition out of full-time paid work as a unique opportunity to envision and clarify life’s next stage. We also see a world in deep pain and need of healing and connection. The class is part of the larger “Encore” movement that affirms the world’s need for the unique gifts of elders.

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 life’s next stage. Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and insight. One key outcome is the development of an individual plan for your next stage of work or activity.

“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 was 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


Creating a Supportive Community for Learning and Exploration

Traverse uses a seminar format to maximize participant engagement. Assigned readings and exercises are designed to provoke discernment, self-reflection, and deepened understanding. Readings include a variety of spiritual, psychological, sociological and practical topics. These readings ground your discernment, deepen your understanding of the process of aging, support 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.

 “This class was a challenging, compassionate space within which to wonder about next steps. We were encouraged, and encouraged each other, to bring our whole selves into the wondering – professional and deeply personal, physical, financial, spiritual, emotional. To imagine the future with others “of a certain age,” to think less of endings and more of open doors, with thresholds awaiting, was a gift.” – Victoria Safford


Seminar Format

The seminar includes 12 sessions from October 26, 2021 through March 29, 2022. Sessions are held every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00. Participants should plan to dedicate 7 -9 hours per month to the cohort, which includes readings, class time, check-ins, and personal reflection.

Seminar Dates

Tuesday – October 26
Tuesday – November 9
Tuesday – November 23
Tuesday – December 7
Tuesday – December 21
Tuesday – January 4
Tuesday – January 18
Tuesday – February 1
Tuesday – February 15
Tuesday – March 1
Tuesday – March 15
Tuesday – March 29

Registration is open and limited to 15

Applications are now open and are considered as they are received. Enrollment is limited to 12-15 participants. We expect a competitive pool of applicants. Applications are reviewed and accepted as received so preference is give to early applicants.  Accepted applicants will be notified by October 15.


We structure the price to make this class as affordable as possible. The full price for the course is $1,500. However, we do not want to exclude anyone and have a scholarship fund. As part of the application we ask you to tell us what amount would be affordable for you.

You can apply now by clicking here.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to

The class is led by Rev. Dr. Steve Newcom, Founding Director – Kaleo Center for Faith, Justice & Social Transformation.  At 68, Steve is a ‘fellow traveler’ in his own encore career, balancing advancing justice in the world and accompanying his nine grandchildren.


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 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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