Archive: October, 2012



Last month I wrote about the incredible aging demographic for which I said the church is sorely unprepared.  I then laid out the challenge for people to prove me wrong and to give some examples of how the church is serving and preparing to serve the aging population. ST. MATTHEW LUTHERAN CHURCH, COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, MN […]



November 4, 2012 – Scripture Study: Prayer-Conversations With God Golden Valley Lutheran Church Golden Valley, MN November 12, 2012 – Spirituality of Grief Immanuel Lutheran Church, Eden Prairie, MN November 13, 2012 – Memory Care Support and Prayer Group Benedictine Center – St. Paul Monastery December 11, 2012 – Memory Care Support and Prayer Group Benedictine […]


Memory Care Support and Prayer Group-November 13, 2012

The memory care support and prayer group that I lead at the St. Paul Monastery (2675 Benet Road, St. Paul, MN 55109) meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 p.m.  The group continues to serve and support new members. This setting provides a safe place for those who are caregivers to those […]



Interested in Ireland?  There is a possibility of going to Ireland for about 10 days in May, 2013!  Basic exploration of Ireland with a bit of Celtic Spirituality as part of the process.  We must have 10 people!!!  Let me know right away if you are interested and we will see what happens.



The first session of Spiritual Direction with Steve Arnold is free.  This provides an opportunity to explore the concept of Spiritual Direction with no obligation to continue.  The first session is a time to converse, explore, pray and seek God’s direction Spiritual direction is a process by which a person joins with another who serves […]


Recent Items

  • The Loneliness Factor

    I was at a luncheon that was serving as a listening post for seniors to describe their sense of loneliness and isolation. I knew that the population invited to this luncheon was one that would probably have a higher sense of isolation, but, what I heard was much more intense than I expected. A man […]

  • Social Networks and Aging

    It is interesting that research is showing two demographics experiencing social isolation in such as way as to impact health: Young Adults (18-22) and Senior Adults (65+). I have worked with both populations over the past 50 years and I continue to be amazed at the similarity of the questions raised by both groups and […]

  • An Eye-Opening Awareness: One More Transition for this Guy

    I sat at a luncheon two weeks ago that opened my eyes to a reality that I knew was there, but as the discussion unfolded I began to realize how the discussion, about to take place, was going to expand my thinking. As I listened to the needs of the people with whom I shared […]


    When it comes to the human condition and a desire to change, we can become easily frustrated: we think that we want to change … but we really don’t. Paul expresses this contradiction well in Romans 7:15-24: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do […]

  • The Crisis of Loneliness

    THE NATIONAL CRISIS CALLED LONELINESS From “LINKED IN” “America is becoming Isolation Nation. Nearly half of respondents to a nationwide survey by health insurer Cigna say they always or sometimes feel alone, and 54% say they feel no one knows them well. Such loneliness is connected to increased risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death. The […]