Aging Faithfully Conference

Aging Faithfully 2016

Event Details


Date: July 26, 2016

Times: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Location: Augustana University Elmen Center

Ticket Info: Tickets are $25 through July 18; $35 on/after July 19

Spirituality and well-being in the second half of life

Featured speaker: Sister Joan Chittister

Our lives and faith look different in the second chapter of life. There are new opportunities, and many experiences behind us, too.

You may find yourself asking:

  • What is God’s purpose for me in this stage of life?
  • What does faithfulness look like now?
  • How do I trust Him and have courage as seasons change?
  • How can my faith remain vibrant and strong?
  • How can I help others who find themselves in this stage of life?

Whether you are an older adult, you work or care for an older adult, or you are simply interested in the topic, we invite you to take part in this day of reflection and discussion featuring best-selling author and speaker Sister Joan Chittister. We invite guests of all faiths.

About Aging Faithfully

The third annual Aging Faithfully Conference brings together some of the best voices across religious traditions to discuss how faith and well-being are different in the second half of life, and how that can be celebrated in daily living. The first conference featured Lutheran theologian Dr. Martin E. Marty; author and poet Kathleen Norris spoke at the 2015 conference.

The Aging Faithfully Conference is a partnership of Augustana UniversityThe South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society and is sponsored by Thrivent Financial.


Full Schedule

8 - 9 a.m.:              Registration
9 - 9:15 a.m.:         Welcome
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.:  The Gift of Years by Sr. Joan Chittister
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.: Break
10:45 - 11:30 a.m.: Small group discussion
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: Large group sharing
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.:  Lunch provided (please let us know of special dietary needs)
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.: Book signing by Sr. Joan Chittister
1:15 - 1:45 p.m.:   Responses
1:45 - 2:15 p.m.:   Final thoughts by Sr. Joan Chittister
2:15 - 2:30 p.m.:   Closing remarks and benediction by Rev. David B. Zellmer, Bishop


Helpful information:

  • Hearing assistance will be available.
  • Elmen Center is wheelchair accessible.
  • Find lodging options.
  • Scholarships are available until July 15; call Bill Kubat at 605.362.3130.
  • For Continuing Education Units (CEUs), call Bill Kubat at 605.362.3130.
  • Cancellation and refund will be honored up to 10 days prior to Tuesday, July 26.
  • A selection of speaker Sr. Joan Chittister's books will be available for purchase.
  • View a campus map.
  • If questions, call 605.274.5521.

Click the below video to hear Rev. Dr. Greg Wilcox of The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.


About Sr. Joan Chittister

Sister Joan ChittisterJoan Chittister is an articulate social analyst and influential religious leader of this age. For more than 35 years she has dedicated herself to advocating for universal recognition of the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate and charged with energy, she is a sought-after speaker, commentator, counselor and clear voice across all religions.

A Benedictine Sister of Erie, Pennsylvania, Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of over 50 books. She has won 13 Catholic Press Association awards for her books, as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace, and equality, especially for women, in church and in society. Her latest book is "Two Dogs and a Parrot: What Our Animal Friends Can Teach Us About Life."

A founding member of The Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, she works to develop a worldwide network of women peace builders. A regular columnist for the National Catholic Reporter, Sister Joan has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including the U.S. Catholic magazine award for Furthering the Cause of Women in the Church and 12 honorary degrees from U.S. colleges and universities.

Sister Joan received her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate from Penn State University in Speech Communications Theory. In 1996 she was an invited fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge University and the Von Huegel lecturer there.

She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality located in Erie.


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