Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry

Fall 2013 | Test of Time: The Art of Aging

This Reflections relies on the distinctly personal insights of the contributing writers as individuals, family members, or believers as they sort out the dramas and theologies of an aging society in the 21st century. The baby boomer experience of aging – much debated, defined, or dreaded on a historic scale – reveals a diversity of strategies and much uncertainty. It becomes, nevertheless, a journey we make together.

More than most previous issues, this fall Reflections relies on the distinctly personal insights of the contributing writers as individuals, family members, or believers as they sort out the dramas of an aging society in the 21st century.

We hope this Fall 2013 issue suggests the range of spiritual and practical questions to ponder. The sooner we face our conflicted thoughts about aging, the better. The test is whether all of us can finally see the beauty of age.   – From the Editor: Ancient Glittering Eyes

My favorite painting, “The Thankful Poor” by acclaimed African American artist Henry O. Tanner, depicts an older gentlemen seated at a dinner table with a young boy. They are returning thanks for...

California artist Colleen Deery, 57, has friends of all ages. She goes to lunch regularly with a group of women in their 70s and 80s. This happy habit was recently greeted with consternation...

When I was young, even though I had an excellent imagination, it was way beyond me to picture myself as ever being old. I couldn’t envision getting from young to old, either. How I could get...