Life Transitions: Navigating the Narrow Passages

A Congregational Care Series

Faith UMC offers a monthly series with guest speakers who will help us prepare for significant changes in one’s life. The hope is that the talks themselves may evolve into support groups or new small group ministries. Each event will include a catered meal and panel discussion or lecture, followed by a time for questions and answers.


The Empty Nest and Emptying the Next: Creating Healthy Emotional Relationships Between Home and Adult Children

March 20, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm, Fellowship Hall

Our popular pastoral care informational dinner series, “Life Transitions: Navigating the Narrow Passages,” will feature guest-speaker Rev. Janice Daffern.

Background: Many people assume that the “empty nest syndrome” affects only parents emotionally and refers to the time when young adult children leave the home and “fly away” to college or work, leaving the parents to ponder “what comes next?” in their lives. However, there are other sides to the issue: what relationship with the home is the child leaving behind? And what happens when the adult returns to the now mid-life parent’s “nest” years later, and a whole new dynamic of emotions, power structures and expectations begin? Is this just a “failure to launch” or a more complicated emotional and spiritual situation for the family? Join us for an inspiring conversation as Dr. Daffern both describes the elements of this challenging life transition, and offers skills that may result in more loving, respectful and harmonious relationships.

Please RSVP by Thursday, March 15 to reserve a place so that we know how much food to order. (Scott Roby, Faith’s Director of Congregational Care


Previous Events in the Series

The Widow’s Might: Navigating the Passage to Emotional and Financial Well-Being, September 26, 2017

Successful Communications with Loved Ones With Memory Loss, October 24, 2017

Making the Tough Choices: Estate Planning, Living Wills and Medical Directives, November 14, 2017

What You May (and May Not) Know About Hospice, January 23, 2018

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