NEXT Steps: Midlife and Beyond

NEXT Steps: Vocation and Aging

You are invited to enroll in this 14-week process of self-discovery.
For more information, contact Steve Lawler, Director of  Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Seminary, at  [email protected].

Apply  Here

NEXT Steps introduces participants to theological, philosophical and psychological concepts of vocation and aging. It is a gathering for adults contemplating or entering retirement, and those who are recently retired. All program activities are designed to stimulate your individual self-discovery as you develop a personal plan for your new and meaningful chapter of life.

NEXT Steps participants follow a 14-week process of self-discovery through readings, presentations, small group discussions, and discernment. All classes will meet via ZOOM.

By the end of the course, participants will have developed a plan for their next phase of life.

NEXT Steps will have our first meeting on Tuesday September 8, 5:30 pm CST/ 6:30 pm EST for approx. two hours. The remaining meetings will all meet for two hours September 22, Oct 6, 20, November 17, December 1 and 15.

The week of November 2-6 will meet as decided by the class due to the National Election on Tuesday Nov. 3, 2020.

The cost is $500.

Course leaders:

  • Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director, Ruth Parker Center for Abundant Aging
  • Jill Schantz, Director of LIFE programs @ Eden Theological Seminary
  • Steve Lawler, Director of the Walker Leadership Institute @ Eden Theological Seminary


  1. The Brink of Everything by Parker Palmer
  2. Creative Aging by Marjory Zoet Bankson

Other readings, digital resources and personal and group exercises will be assigned throughout the course.

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins and Rev. Steve Lawler would like to invite you to an optional brief orientation to the course and introduction to the instructors on September 1 at 5:30 CST/6:30 EST. This meeting will answer questions of logistics, introduce the instructors, and generally try to make the opening day of NEXT Steps as smooth as possible.  Contact [email protected] to register for this orientation event.