The Joseph Sittler Archives — The Expanding Scope of Grace
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As Joseph Sittler grew older, he became increasingly aware of the aging process, speaking about it as an "awkward problem," seldom addressed by the church and the culture. From his own experience and observations, he talked and wrote about the feelings of diminishment and pathos which come with growing old. He said that it was a time of inwardness, reflection, and of letting go.

Related to the subject of aging are death, dying, and the ethical issues surrounding those experiences. Sittler spoke of those, as well. He explored questions related to "eternal life," and "life after death." His insights into these issues were expanded by a wealth of quotations from literature and personal conversations with others.

A sample of materials on Aging available from the Archives

  • Aging and Death: An Interview With Dr. Sittler, Videotape (date unknown)

  • Dying, Ethics, and Theology (Chicago), Audiotape (11/14/84)

  • Epilogue: Exploring the Multiple Dimensions of Aging, Text Material (1986)

  • Interior Dimensions of Aging (Kansas City), Audiotape (10/29/84) available online

  • Theological Perspectives on Aging, Text Material (1986)

  • Workshop on Ministering to the Aging, Audiotape ( 9/25/74)




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