The St. Andrew's Way
Our Spiritual Difference.
The St. Andrew’s Resources For Seniors System’s Mission and Values are the cornerstone of our Faith-Based Life Plan Communities. This guides the culture and lifestyle on our senior living campuses. Spirituality is important as we age. "...to live by faith is to walk not necessarily against reason, but beyond it."
Spirituality as We Age Can Help Us To:
Find meaning in our past and current life experiences
Acknowledge our grief and loss and to achieve inner peace
Increase our desire for play
Enhance our creativity
By harnessing the power of the spirit we can use our experiences to nurture, heal, and perhaps even save a younger generation from the prison of how we typically regard aging.
-Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
While seniors perceive aging as a spiritual journey, they raise the priority of enhancing their relationships with God, loved ones, faith communities, and communities of residence.
The reason God has engineered the spectacular increase in life expectancy in the last 100 years is because the world is so desperately in need of wisdom that God created elders.
-Emma Benignus, 2003
Buddhism, with its emphasis on dis-illusionment, views aging as holding the potential to serve as a spiritual path.
Much of the turmoil of my life has come from struggling to actualize some fantasy of self that is unfitting…but then in an instant, my perspectives shift, and I accept what before was problematic....
For the past 50 years, St. Andrew's Resources for Seniors System, a not-for-profit organization, has been the place where seniors, their families, and their caregivers find answers.
St. Andrew's was created in 1961 as a non-profit partnership of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri and The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, and it was expanded to include affiliation with the United Church of Christ in 2014. St. Andrew's is non-sectarian, faith-based, and an expert at serving both older adults and their caregivers.
Compassion and optimism.
that improves - and often extends - lives.
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