M.A. in Aging and Spirituality
In this “age of aging” there is an urgent demand in the church and society at large to equip professional leaders, such as clergy, educators, social workers, counselors, health care workers and congregational lay ministers, to effectively respond to the vast needs of our rapidly expanding elder population. This newly developed Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality degree program is designed to provide a leading edge professional education to meet this need.
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Aging and Spirituality program is to develop professional, skilled and creative leaders to transform and guide the vision, attitude and ministry practices of congregations, faith communities and other social organizations with regard to the spiritual significance and social-spiritual realities of aging and elderhood.
- Articulate a practical theology of human aging and elderhood grounded in the biblical narrative and orthodox theology with attention to the significance, spiritual, religious and existential dimensions of older adulthood and informed by insights from human sciences, church tradition and experience.
- Demonstrate insight into the historic and current cultural contexts of aging among diverse populations applicable to the student, the potential and needs of older adults and those who support and care for them.
- Demonstrate proficiency for professional, holistic spiritual nurture of older adults: congregational leadership; pastoral care; chaplaincy; program development; care giving; and advocacy.
- Demonstrate personal spiritual integrity and maturity appropriate for professional older adult ministry leadership.