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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.

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