November 2018      Sage-ing® International Communicator      Vol. 2018-4
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Anna Wisehart
 
Contributors 

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Coordinating Circle

Co-Chair 
-  Mary Anne Ingenthron
Co-Chair
-  Jerome Kerner
Secretary
-  Marilyn Loy Every
Treasurer
-  Georgeanna Tryban
Members at Large
- Don Adams
- Bob Atchley
- Gustavo Boog
- Anne Boynton
- Jann Freed
- Pat Hoertdoerfer
- Brian McCaffrey
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- Karen Clementi
Certification Coordinator
- Jeanne Marsh
Education Coordinator
- Rosemary Cox
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Council of
Honored Sages
Honored Sages are key figures who have made significant contributions for elders in the world and who share our vision of "changing the paradigm from aging to Sage-ing®." For more information about our Honored Sages visit our website here .
  
We are grateful to have the following members in our Council of Honored Sages :
 
Robert Atchley 
Christina Baldwin
Gary Carlson
Connie Goldman
Eve Ilsen
Rabbi Shaya Isenberg
Lynne Iser 
Richard Leider
Wendy Lustbader 
Rick Moody 
Bahira Sugarman 
William Thomas
Membership
 
Our Membership is free and open to anyone who is interested. Benefits of membership include:
 
* Knowledge that you are supporting SI in its work for elders
* Knowledge that you are supporting the Sage-ing work of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
* Networking with other members through local activities and Conferences
* Discounts on merchandise
* Periodic E-newsletters and bulletins
* Discounts on workshops, national meetings and intensive weekends
    
Merchandise
From Age-ing to
Sage-ing  by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ronald S. Miller is available through  Amazon .
 
The updated 2014 version of this popular book includes a preface which provides insight into the shifts that have taken place in our culture since the first edition of the book in 1995. An afterword provides Reb Zalman’s personal account of his experience of aging in the December Years.
SG Workbook
Sage-ing Workbook

A valuable resource for 
your sage-ing journey, filled with information and exercises. Visit the website to order a pdf version of the notebook.
Did you know that Sage-ing Internationa l is a registered organization with "Amazon Smile"? If you use Amazon for home or business shopping, Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of your purchase to SI. Simply go to
and select Sage-ing International as your designated charity in "My Account". Then start all Amazon visits from that site. Let purchases you normally make support "Conscious Aging" through SI...!
Have you donated to the  Connie Goldman fund  yet?

If not, we welcome you to give a gift of acknowledgment and gratitude for all Connie has shared with us as a wise elder, mentor and friend. In Connie's words, "I am humbled and deeply honored by the establishment of the Connie Goldman Scholarship Endowment Fund. I am excited and hopeful that (it) will encourage others to accept the opportunity to explore their deeper spiritual learning.
I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

-- Tao Te Ching , translation by Stephen Mitchell
Today, as I close in on eighty, I know there are no shortcuts to wholeness. The only way to become whole is to put our arms lovingly around everything we know ourselves to be: self-serving and generous, spiteful and compassionate, cowardly and courageous, treacherous and trustworthy. We must be able to say to ourselves and to the world at large, “I am all of the above.”

 [Parker J. Palmer in On the Brink of Everything ]
Sage-Ing News and Happenings
Conference Report and Chair Musings
Our Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference,  “Elder Voices Transforming the World: Our Stories in Action!  inspired rousing international participation— multicultural and inter-generational.   Beginning with rich pre-conference sessions, robust attendance continued throughout the conference with an abundance of shared talents, stirring messages, and transformative experiences. As the conference came to a close, deeply devoted Elders ceremoniously accepted a call to “eldering”—dedicated to take innovative action in transforming cultural norms of aging, and to take stands for the welfare of families, communities, countries, and global neighbors. It became clear that we, as united Elders, are the ones to blaze a new trail in supporting an inter-generational vision for a thriving Sacred Earth!
 
We now look forward to our growth and future as an organization in expanding the reach of our mission. There is so much that we can do! Many  sage-ing leaders  gave valued gifts of service in supporting our fruitful conference, and maintain their support in the ongoing tasks of Sage-ing International. We are eager for your participation as we continue our inspiring work and create new ways to serve in the world. Our vision will necessitate expansive dedication to keep the torch of transformation aflame. Join us in a vibrant opportunity to engage in service for our precious planet and its beloved inhabitants. We  will  exponentially foster the significant legacy we envision for following generations.
 
With gratitude,
Marilyn Loy Every, DMin, CSL
Chair for Sage-ing International 2018 Global Conference
Mary Anne Ingenthron and Jerome Kerner
Conference photos by Raines.
Top photo: Mary Anne Ingenthron and Jerome Kerner, SI Co-Chairs
Bottom photo (from top left to bottom right) : Joe Houston, Constance Washburn and Katia Petersen with Keynote Speakers,
 YeYe Luisah Teish and Dr. Bill Thomas

I heard elder voices throughout the conference saying, “this has been a wonderful experience.” I saw elders throughout the conference in action partaking in a program full of enrichment and inspiration. I tasted the carefully prepared wholesomeness of the Oak Ridge kitchen. In other words all my senses were being bombarded with these positive vibes.
And then there were the keynote speakers, each presenting the issues of primary interest; from passing on our stories to purpose and the importance of rituals and rites of passage. The closing ceremony led by a twenty something was the perfect out-picturing of the goal of inter--generational connection and the powerful synergy that emerges from it.

From beginning to ending and the post conference discussion on Right Relationships and civil discourse we were treated with thought provoking presentations imploring us to grow and give. To re-imagine life as Richard Leider put it not ”freedom from” but rather “freedom to.”

I see Sage-ing International building on this energy of action and community in the coming year and I see this generosity of spirit as a new normal. 

- Jerome Kerner, CSL, Sage-ing International Co-chair
Conference Participants
Photo by Raines
More than 75 elders were called to gather on Sunday afternoon for a LISTENING CONVERSATION addressing hard questions of our time. Jerilyn DeCoteau, Chippewa elder, told the story of building relations between Natives and non-Natives in Boulder, CO leading to Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 “homecoming” celebration. Jaylani Hussein, Council on American-Islamic Relations MN executive director, spoke about being present for cross-cultural conversations in schools, faith communities and with the media to empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote mutual understanding and justice. Amy Lange, community activist, shared her networking experience in social justice advocacy in immigration justice and sanctuary in Minneapolis. Their stories of resilience carried the messages we now all take to our home communities – ‘ Show up, be present and engage with compassion with the Natives, the Muslims, the Immigrants in your neighborhood! Seize the opportunity to make things better now for the welfare of all! It’s up to us to use our elder moral voices to change the world!'  We left the session singing “This Little Light of Mine.” 

- Pat Hoertdoerfer, Service Committee. 
Pictured: Keynote speaker Matthew Fox
Photo by Raines
Gustavo Boog, Sage-ing International board member signing his new book, Aging Cheerfully . [ Envelhecer de bem com a vida ].
From Gustavo “We have had at Práxis Institute, in São Paulo, Brazil, the project “From Age-ing to Sage-ing”, since 2014, with monthly meetings, we had a total of almost 500 different participants, 2/3 women and 1/3 men, from 60 to 80. Every month is a different theme, and the last in August was on my last book, Aging Cheerfully. For example, the next 2018 meetings will be on non-violent communication, Christian meditation and old fashion music. The very dynamic presentations are conducted free of charge by specialists, Lutherans, Catholics, Jews, Buddhist, Protestants, Umbanda etc. We had themes on relationships on generations, nutrition, mandalas, writing, medical issues, emotional issues etc.”
November 5 - 30, 2018

Sage-ing® International, in co-sponsorship with  Spirituality & Practice,  is honored to present an e-course on the life and legacy of this remarkable spiritual leader.

Rabbis Victor and Nadya Gross, co-authors and facilitators, offer this e-course in honor of their beloved teacher and mentor, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. They received joint Rabbinic Ordination from Reb Zalman and the P’nai Or religious fellowship in 1998. Victor and Nadya are Co-Directors of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program, and have recently co-founded Yerusha , with associates Rabbi Shaya Isenberg, Bahira Sugarman and Lynne Iser. Yerusha is an organization dedicated to carrying Reb Zalman’s legacy into the future.

It’s not too late to register!
You will be sent all twelve sessions throughout November:
Week 1: From Chabad Hasidism to Jewish Renewal
Week 2: Deep Ecumenism
Week 3: From Age-ing to Sage-ing
Week 4: Recalibrating Body, Mind & Spirit

Click on the link below to learn more about the e-course and to register!


February 10-15, 2019
Franciscan Retreat Center, Tampa Florida
The Sage-ing Legacy Program , a project of Yerusha, presented by Bahira Sugarman & Rabbi Shaya Isenberg [members of our Council of Honored Sages] and “ Death as Homecoming: Life is the Answer ” presented by Rabbi Nadya Gross and Rabbi Victor Gross. For more information: sageing@yerusha.org
Of Interest
The Blessings of Being in Nature 

Science writer Kevin Loria summarizes wide-ranging inquiry into our relations with nature and why it is important to our ways of life. As he sees it, both physical and mental health are benefited by spending time in natural environments. 

Merry Making and Longevity

As people grow older they often become more cautious and careful. They are tuned in to possible dangers, take extra good care of themselves, and possibly look on to merry makers with a sense of smug superiority. Recent research suggests they may be fooling themselves. Better to make merry!
“Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life in our corner of the world they’ve mysteriously gone missing. Young people are, often involuntarily, looking for them, and they can’t find them. How about this: old people are looking for them too... There’s work to be done, and there’s an old wisdom to be learned where there used to be the wisdom of old…. Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill " Stephen Jenkinson, Come of Age: The Case of Elderhood in a Time of Trouble [In Human Values in Aging]
National Council on Age-ing Conference:
Age+Action
June 17-June 20, 2019
Learn more @ www.Ageaction.org.
Book Reviews
Walking Each Other Home: Conversation on Loving and Dying. Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Sounds True, 2018. This book is so beautiful inside and out. From the heartfelt conversations and explorations of some usually sad topics, to the gorgeous illustrations, to the meditations and fear releasing techniques. Thanks to Ram Dass and Mirabai for putting this together in a way that keeps our hearts open. [Kelly Rego on Amazon]
Loving to the End…and On: a Guide to the Impossibly Possible . Lynn B. Robinson. Balboa. 2018.This book is beneficial to anyone facing death —their own, a friend, or a family member. … the many benefits of this book [range]from personal experiences to important, practical advice about the legal, medical, and emotional decisions that must be made at the end of life. This is a book well worth reading and keeping. [Lourana Howard on Amazon]
Come of Age . Stephen Jenkinson. North Atlantic Bks. 2018. Stephen Jenkinson is unlike any writer/philosopher I’ve ever read! His brilliant and lyrical prose draw me in and will not let me go. Sometimes I laugh out loud, sometimes I’m in tears. I’m learning through it all...may we all take the need to nurture and cultivate true elders again, our youth deserve no less and our future may very well depend on it! [Linda Glass on Amazon]
The Promised Landing: a Gateway to Peaceful Dying. Bart Windrum, Axiom Action Pubs. 2018 I truly think this guy is a brilliant original thinker, fueled by the disasters of his bad (unemphatic, mistake-ridden) parents' hospital deaths, but he's gone far beyond that now. His taxonomy of ways we die will provide food for thought for policy analysts, "better death" citizens' groups, and anyone with the courage to look death in the face and the curiosity to pick up an important intellectual tool: an accurate description of the various ways we die in an era of high tech medicine. This book requires patience, but it's worth it. [Katy Butler on Amazon]
Aging of Aquarius: Engaging Passion and Purpose as an Elder . Helen Wilkes. New Society Pubs. 2018 Reading The   Aging of Aquarius  touched me deeply, speaking to both mind and heart. Helen Wilkes brings core concepts alive with deeply moving stories and examples from the life of a woman who clearly understands and embodies the challenges and life-enhancing opportunities of growing into the fullness of true elderhood. In reading her beautiful book, I felt like I was personally engaging with a shining model of the kind of elder I aspire to grow into."[ Ron Pevny, Director, Center for Conscious Eldering and author, of  Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.]
Links
Images of Aging . See "Visual Aging Studies: Exploring Images of Aging in Art History and Other Disciplines" at: http://ageculturehumanities.org/WP/visual-aging-studies-exploring-images-of-aging-in-art-history-and-other-disciplines

Gerotranscendence . Look at "Gerotranscendence Theory: A Fresh Look at Positive Aging" at:  http://www.usccb.org/about/national-religious-retirement-office/upload/Engaging-Aging-Newsletter-Spring-2015.pdf

Don’t worry! Be Happy!
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