New Sage-ing Opportunities

March 04, 2024

MPBC and the Sage-ing Initiative and the MPBC Sage-ing Committee seek to support the growth and development of seniors by offering multiple opportunities for those navigating the third stage of life. Currently, the following opportunities are offered to assist Seniors in exploring the journey as they Retire, Rewire, Refire, and Reimagine. For additional information, contact Gary Hudson, Chair, Sage-ing Committee.


May 7, 2024 | Laura Handler, member of MPBC who serves on the MPBC Ministry of Justice and Outreach Committee, will speak on participation in the Summer Freedom School with Pinewood Elementary School.

June 4, 2024 | Carol Young, Founder and Director of Heart Bridge of the Carolinas, will speak about her humanitarian program to the families of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the Lumbees of Eastern NC.

July | no meeting.

August 6, 2024 | Suzanne Elsberry of the Women League of Voters of Mecklenburg County will speak on The Fiery Struggle for Women's Suffrage in America and Voting Rights Under Attack.

September 3, 2024 | Ken Steiner, MPBC member and astronomer, will present a program, The Cosmic Perspective, a journey into the Wondrous Cosmos of Which We Are All a Part.

For over two years, a small group of MPBC Seniors has been experimenting with a new concept, Circles of Elders. Inspired by Mahan Siler and based on the work of Carl Jung and Jungian psychotherapist, Connie Zweig, Circles of Elders provide opportunities for Seniors to embark on the journey of MOVING FROM SENIOR TO ELDER. This has been an extremely positive experience for the seven Elders involved.  We would like to make the experience available for others who might be interested.  Participation in a Circles of Elders provides space for seniors to 1) Be Seen, 2) Be Heard, and 3) Be Known.  

New Circles of Elders are now being created. If interested, choose one of the following organizational meetings:

  • Tuesday, May 7 | 10:30 am - noon | in the church library
  • Saturday, May 11 | 10:30 am – noon | at the home of Betsy Thigpen
  • Thursday, May 23 | 4:00 – 5:30 pm | at the home of Betsy Thigpen  

Those wishing to attend a Circle of Elders organizational planning meeting may sign up by contacting Gary Hudson or Betsy Thigpen.

Additional Opportunities for Elder Growth and Development

BOOK STUDY | Our Trespasses: White Churches and the Taking of American Neighborhoods | This is a four-session series facilitated by the author, Greg Jarrell. Participants will need a copy of the book. Questions? Contact: Betsy Thigpen

DATES | Thursdays, April 11, April 25 and May 2 and May 16
TIME | 4:00 - 5:30pm
PLACE | Meeting Room at 4527 Gaynor Rd

THE CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE | facilitated by Angelina Corbet, consultant and founder of The Mobius Company and a skilled Enneagram facilitator. | This group will be using the book, The Seven Paths to God: The Way of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko. The book validates individual ways of connecting in spirit. Questions? Contact

Sundays | 1:00 - 3:00 pm | Church Library
April 21
April 28
May 12
May 26
June 2
June 9
June 16
June 23

POETS and LOVERS OF POETRY | facilitated by Gene Kusterer | Questions? Contact

GRIEF STUDY LEADERSHIP TRAINING | facilitated by John Wilkerson for those who wish to receive training on providing grief support to those who have experienced loss. Sessions will be held in John’s home. 
(This training is full, but perhaps John will offer another one at a later date.) Questions? Contact

Sage-ing International | 
Elders Action Network | 
Climate Change in an Aging Society |   

Tags: small group, sage-ing adults

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