Ruth: Ageing and aloneness

James DouglasReflections, WorshipLeave a Comment

Thomas Matthews Rooke: Ruth and Naomi. 1876-7. Detail.Today’s service is the first in a three-part series on the book of Ruth, and deals, in small part, with the issue of Ageing and aloneness. In the sermon I make reference to a recent Victorian Government report – Ageing is everyone’s business: a report on isolation and loneliness among senior Victorians The report is an interesting and challenging read – there is a significant group of older Australians who suffer from loneliness and isolation, and that loneliness and isolation is measurably bad not only for the individuals concerned but for the whole community. There is a challenge for the church to enhance the way that older people are valued in congregations, and to connect older and younger generations in ways that enrich the lives of both. I encourage you to take a look at the report, and to read the book of Ruth!

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