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Creative Aging Network

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The Creative Aging Network (CAN) is an evolving group that meets monthly for discussions related to the ever-changing concepts of 60+ life in modern society, as well as in our personal lives, both spiritual and secular. These brown bag lunch conversations are lively and the questions deep on topics such as downsizing, alternative living options, developing a mature spirituality and healthy living. Future events include relevant discussions, guest speakers and films.

CAN works to help its members live gracefully and well, continuing to share their time and talents with each other, St. Columba's and the broader community. Come join this group of vibrant people whose goal is to live well and age well, and are ready to share their ideas and experience. If you have questions or would like to join the CAN list serve,contact

Upcoming Meetings and Discussion Topics

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Prior Meetings (Nov. 2013 to present)

July 7, 2016 – "Favorite Books"
June 2, 2016 – "Engaging St. C's" with Jennifer Turner
May 15, 2016 – "Home, Part 2–Senior Housing Options"
Apr. 7, 2016 – "Finding Joy in Decluttering"
Mar. 3, 2016 – "Reflections on Home: What does 'home' mean to you?"
Feb. 4, 2016 – "How do you connect with God?" with insights from the St. C's Prayer ministry
Jan. 7, 2016 – Rev. Ledlie Laughlin led a two-way dialogue on "Fear"
Dec. 10, 2015 – CAN Christmas Party with John Hurd at piano
Nov. 5, 2015 – Barbara Woodall discussed "What volunteer opportunities at St. C's have you found most meaningful?"
Oct. 1, 2015 – Julia Berry, head of St. C's Nursery School, discussed ways that CAN could interact with the Nursery School
June 4, 2015 – Martha Kaiser from St. C's Mothers' Group discussed their history & success
May 7, 2015 – Lylie Fisher discussed Iona Senior Services Offerings for active seniors
April 9, 2015 – Nancy Arbuthnot discussed her book, “Spiritual Hovering”
Mar. 11, 2015 – Favorite Books, moderated by Barbara Woodall and Home-hosted by Lynn Pekannen
Feb. 5, 2015 – Living with Less Stuff, moderated by Mary Lou Shannon
Jan. 8, 2015 – “Stages of Religious Development” by Martin Smith
Dec. 4, 2014 – CAN Christmas Party with John Hurd at piano
Nov. 6, 2014 – “Holidays” moderated by Lynn Pekannen
Oct. 2, 2014 – “Friendship: Keeping Old Friends and Making New Ones” moderated by Harriet Dwinell
Sept. 4, 2014 – “Conversation with Joe Burnett” moderated by Tish Gardner
Aug. 7, 2014 – “Building Community” moderated by Cynthia Hoover
July 3, 2014 – “Ways of Supporting One Another”
June 5, 2014 – “Relationships between parents and children: What do we owe our children?”
May 1, 2014 – CAN organization, planning and opportunities
April 3, 2014 – Organization and functions
Jan. 30, 2014 – “Part Two: Downsizing and Alternative Living Options”
Nov. 7, 2013 – “Are you thinking of moving or downsizing?”


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