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Shape of a Life: Revisited

June 11 @ 10:00 am - July 3 @ 12:00 pm PDT

- $140.00

Wisdom and Resiliency in the Season of Aging and Dying


This course addresses the desire to live with grace in the reality of aging and is open to all ages and generations. Each of us have a shape to our life that develops through choices, influence of others, circumstances, and everyday life experiences.

Reflection in the second half of life provides an opportunity to explore the shape of life in the past, present, and future. Spanning the range of research, anecdotal discoveries, and spiritual practices, each session explores qualities in ourselves and our lives that reflect an awareness of God’s work in our lives.

Specifically, the question is asked “How does the contemplative life — one of prayer and encountering God — shape one for love, wisdom, and resiliency in the second half of life?” Facing the beauty and pain of getting older, the focus of letting go through ‘elegant kenosis’ invites us to consider the gift of God’s embrace in life.

Intending to nurture the contemplative life, this course reminds us to value noticing, pausing, listening, and responding to others, ourselves, and God.

Whether you’ve taken this course in the past or not, you will find rich treasures to continue your own journey of aging with grace.


We will offer this class both in-person and online.

Tuesdays, on-line via Zoom
June 11, 18, 25 & July 3

Wednesdays, in-person, Manitou Presbyterian Church
June 12, 19, 26 & July 3




Dr. Mary Pandiani, D.Min, serves as Selah’s Executive Director, leading the community and organization through its current transition period into future possibilities. Mary has served in various capacities for Selah, including as a founding board member, seminar/group leader, and co-facilitator for Selah’s extended programs, Living From The Heart and Way of the Heart. Mary is a spiritual director and coach, co-facilitator for a spiritual direction training program, and advisor for doctoral students. Mary received her Doctorate of Ministry at Portland Seminary, and her work focuses on a posture of contemplative living across the seasons of life. Her foundation starts with a love for the God who wants to be known and a desire to help others to pause-notice-listen-respond in ways that lead to a deeper understanding of God’s divine invitation. With the support of her husband Bill, Mary serves Selah while also enjoying her family of four adult daughters and their families. Mary lives in Gig Harbor WA where she knows the value of beauty in creation and the gift of community.


June 11 @ 10:00 am PDT
July 3 @ 12:00 pm PDT


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Tuesdays, via Zoom
$ 140.00
Wednesdays, in-person
10-Noon, Tacoma, WA
$ 140.00