Encore Transition Program: Accepting Applications for Spring 2018

Dear Friends,

The Encore Transition Program is now a “fixture” here at Union, with the second cohort set to finish on December 12, 2017. This fall, fifteen new participants between the ages of 54-74 spent four months engaged in a bi-weekly process of discernment about their “encore” – or “second” – stage of life. In addition to discussions about aging, transition, creativity, and spirituality, the program provides participants the opportunity for networking, mentoring, and field observation in areas of personal interest.


The Encore Transition Program is designed and facilitated by Ruth Wooden, M.A. ’16. Ruth attended Union as part of her own “encore” after a communications and nonprofit management career that spanned more than 40 years.


Personally, I was delighted to attend a session that met Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017, when the group held an impassioned discussion of the book Falling Upward by Fr. Richard Rohr. I was inspired listening to “fellow travelers” exploring spirituality in the second half of life, and the particular challenges of doing so in our current political climate. If you are wrestling with similar hard but invigorating questions about your encore vocation, I can’t recommend the program highly enough!


To this end, we are excited to announce a new Encore Transition Program to be offered this coming Spring Semester, beginning January 30, 2018. The Program description and application for the third cohort is available online.





The semester fee for the Program is $3000, and a sliding scale is available for some participants.


Union Theological Seminary is thrilled to welcome the Encore Transition Program to our community for a third semester. We look forward to supporting a new cohort of fellow travelers seeking better ways to be active social justice advocates and caring practitioners.




Serene Jones


P.S. For further inspiration, do take time to read the April 2017 New York Times article about the Encore Transition Program.

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