ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

Text Resize

FORSA Program at Aging in America

Membership Directory

Find ASA members in your area or who share your interest area. Enter a name or click on the magnifying glass to start your search.

Serving and Empowering Older Adults:
The Impact of Church and State

Monday, March 21 | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Presented by ASA’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging.

Faith communities have been an integral part of both the informal and formal community service systems that support the needs of older adults. In the past congregational support was offered informally however, with the advent of the Older Americans Act more formal service partnerships and collaborations have developed. Formal services reflect public or political sources and agendas for funding. This program will explore both the nature of informal services and systems designed with older adults in congregations as well as formal social services.

Church/State Relations and Community Services for Older Adults

Presenters: James Ellor, PhD, DMin, DCSW, LCS, Professor, Baylor University; James Firman, MBA, EdD, President and CEO, National Council on Aging; Beverly Johnson-Miller, PhD, Associate Professor of Christian Disciplines, Asbury Theological Seminary; Donald Koepke, MDiv, Director Emeritus, CLH Center for Spirituality and Aging. 

Caring for the “Least Among Us”: Elder Care as Political Necessity

Presenters: Jim Wallis, President and Founder, SoJourners and Author, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America.Nancy Gordon, MDiv, Director, CLH Center for Spirituality & Aging and Front Porch and FORSA Chair. 

The Interaction Between Public Policy and Faith Communities Programs and Services for Older Adults

Presenters: Abigail Evans, MDiv, PhD, Senior Scholar & Adjunct Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Princeton Seminary; William Hale, PhD in Psychology, Special Advisor to the President, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Margret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Faculty, University at Buffalo.

back to schedule at a glance

Stay Connected

Follow American Society on Aging on Facebook   Follow American Society on Aging on LinkedIn   Follow American Society on Aging on Twitter   Subscribe eNewsletter   


No upcoming events.

View Full Events Calendar




posted on 04.26.2018

ASA Immediate Past Chair Bob Blancato testified before the House Appropriations Labor-HHS Subcommittee today in Washington, D.C. on FY19 funding for...  Read More

posted on 03.29.2018

Panelists at the 2018 Diversity Summit, titled “A Focus on Diverse Caregivers,” pointed out that there are some within minority...  Read More