Dementia: Opportunities & Challenges for Congregations

10:59 07 September in News

ltss-academyThe Academy of Faith and Leadership and the Heritage at Lowman Home presents “Dementia: Opportunities and Challenges for the Congregation.” Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, Norma S. Sessions, and Chaplain Karen Young will present about the unique opportunities and challenges congregations and pastors can face when ministering to those affected by dementia. This seminar will provide a basic understanding of the diseases through both a medical and theological lens and offer practical guidance for ministry with people with dementia and their families.

Among the questions to be addressed are the following: What does God have to do with dementia? What is the source of human dignity, identity and worth? What gifts do people with dementia offer the church? Do people with dementia have a calling as disciples of Jesus? What happens if person forgets God? What is church’s mission in relationship to dementia and those most affected by it? How can pastors and congregations enable people with dementia to truly belong! What strategies work for ministry with people affected by dementia?

This event will be held at Heritage at Lowman in Chapin, SC. Registration is required. $35 for general admission or $40 for admission with CEUs. This event will provide 0.5 CEUs. Lunch will be provided.

About the Presenters:

Kenneth L CarderKenneth L. Carder is a retired
United Methodist bishop,
pastor, and seminary professor.
His wife, Linda, is currently a
resident in the memory care
facility at the Heritage at
Lowman, where he also serves
as volunteer interim chaplain.

 

 

karenyoungThe Rev. Dr. Karen Young is
an ELCA pastor in the South
Carolina Synod. She has
served two congregations
in the past 19 years and is
currently serving as Lutheran
Hospice chaplain to the
Midlands.

 

 

Norma SessionsNorma Sessions, LMSW is
a clinical social worker with
many years of experience in
mental health settings. She is
currently care partner with her
husband, Dale, who is living
with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

Chaplain

Derald H EdwardsThe Rev. Dr. Derald H. Edwards
has been an ELCA pastor since
1983. Having served six congregations
in South Carolina
and as an administrator within
Lutheran Homes of South
Carolina for nine years, he is
currently the Chaplain at the
Heritage at Lowman.

 

 

To Register online, click here >>

Or contact:
Darcie Jones
Administrative Assistant
Academy of Faith and Leadership
Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
4201 N. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
803.461.3217

Cost:
$35.00 without CEUs;
$40.00 with CEUs

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