Sage-ing Opportunities

May 29, 2024

MPBC and the Sage-ing Initiative and the MPBC Sage-ing Committee seek to support the growth and development of seniors 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.

Gary Hudson, Chair
Lynn Collins 
Mike Cox
Tina Fort
Sam Slack
Betsy Thigpen
Penny Wellings
John Wilkerson
Staff Liaison: Rev. Marina Luckhoo 


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. | RSVP to Attend 

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. For more information, contact Gary Hudson at  or Betsy Thigpen at

Thank you to the following who recently provided opportunities for seniors to enrich the third stage of life:

John Wilkerson for providing grief leadership training to a small group of MPBC elders.

Greg Jarrell for facilitating a four-session book study for elders on his new book, Our Trespasses, White Churches and the Taking of American Neighborhoods.

Angelina Corbet for facilitating a book study for elders on the contemplative life, The Seven Paths to God: The Way of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko.

Stay tuned for new opportunities later this summer and early fall for seniors to navigate the third stage of life.

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

Tags: small group, sage-ing adults

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