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Location: 2305 Montevallo Rd., Birmingham AL 35223 (Shades Valley Presbyterian Church) 

 Saturday December 8, 2018 – 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Meet-&-greet begins at 8:30 am.

Workshop Description:   
Fear of dying and avoidance of considering our own death keeps us from living fully.  A healthy relationship with death and dying, on the other hand, helps us to live well.  In this highly interactive workshop we will explore the last stage of life from a number of perspectives, including:
  • What we believe and feel about our own death and dying
  • How we can talk to family about our wishes for our end of life
  • What we will leave as a legacy
  • What we can do now to plan for the inevitable
  • How we can grow spiritually in our later years
Our materials are not specific to any religion, but serve to enhance spiritual maturity for persons who embrace any faith or humanistic practice.  Our programs are based on values and visions articulated in the best-selling book: From Age-ing to Sage-ing©: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older  by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, which is recommended (but not required) reading in advance.
Come prepared to share your beliefs, to explore new ideas, and to expand your intellectual, practical and emotional understanding as well as your ability to live and die without regrets.
Certified Faculty: 

Mary Porter, CSLMary Porter, DMin, MDiv, MSW, MA, CSL. Certified Sage-ing Leader Mary Porter has been teacher, social worker, pastor/chaplain, and music practitioner.  She began her own Sage-ing while working for culture change in long-term care and creating (with ministry partner Lynn Bledsoe) the Birmingham AL  nonprofit “Ruth and Naomi Senior  Outreach“.  Sage-ing helped her know when it was absolutely the time to retire.  Now 5 years into formal retirement, she wears the mantles of grandmother, writer, mentor, and workshop/retreat leader.  She works part-time as Parish Associate for Congregational Care at Shades Valley Church.


The fee of $80 ($90 after November 1st) includes course materials and a lunch. Discounts are available. See the Registration Page, below, and call Mary for details.

Because Sage-ing events are small by design, registration is limited, so early registration is advised. Directions to the event venue are available from the Registration Page below.

To Register: Click on this active link: Registration Page

Questions? Please contact Mary at: 2harps1dog@gmail.com or call c/o her cell at: 205 /994-5552.