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UU Service

Claudia Frost Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, Rev Claudia Frost discusses the process and grace of aging courageously, a topic most relevant here in San Miguel. Frost will take a look at what it means to live our best lives at any age.

According to psychotherapist and bestselling author Thomas Moore, “Aging is not about growing older but about living more fully and identifying more with our soul.” Through the aging process it’s possible to become more emotionally intelligent, sensitive, wiser, and more creative. When it comes to aging, we have a choice about how we approach the changes, losses, and challenges that are part of growing older.

Learning to celebrate aging while staying young in mind, imagination, and spirit takes courage and some changes in perspective. This means facing and overcoming, rather than avoiding, fears about getting older, compassionately greeting our older selves, carving out action plans for our best possible future, and making peace with life itself.

We all get dents and imperfections with the passing of time, but there is still beauty. It’s helpful to remember the concept of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese viewpoint that values the beauty of imperfection, impermanence, and the incomplete. In order to appreciate the value of an imperfect life, aging offers both the good and the bad. If you fight aging by complaining and doing nothing, you’ll be miserable. Accept the inevitable, and do what you can to deal with a situation. It’s useless to get lost in the past, longing for your youth or for a different future.

Frost is the minister of the Outlaw’s Bridge Universalist Church in North Carolina. She came to her career in ministry with more than 37 years as a Unitarian Universalist and 30 years of intensive-care-unit experience as a registered nurse. She is a 2008 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, one of two remaining Unitarian Universalist seminaries. Frost was ordained in November 2008 by the Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC, where she was the Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care. She served her ministerial internship at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, Texas, from 2006 to 2007. Frost is a native of Texas, but she and her husband have made North Carolina their home for more than 35 years.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our children’s religious education program, social action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30am at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org

UU Service

“Aging Courageously”

Rev Claudia Frost

Sun, Apr 7, 10:30am

Hotel La Aldea

Ancha de San Antonio 15, Centro

 

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