More than one in three Episcopalians is over the age of 65, and another 41% of Episcopalians are between the ages of 45 to 64. That means three of every four members of the Episcopal Church are age 45 or older. In terms of economic stressors alone (retirement age, technology gaps, social services, Social Security, and Medicare) the impact of this demographic group on local congregations is profound.

In recognition of this, the 2003 General Convention passed resolution A007, establishing the Task Force for Older Adult Ministry. In 2009, General Convention passed a further resolution, D004, recognizing the church's need for Older Adult Ministry and the importance of endeavoring to answer the following questions: How do we recognize, honor, and utilize the experience, wisdom, and gifts of "older" adults? How do we develop ministries that integrate and weave multiple generations together spiritually?

How do we cultivate Christ's message of hope and service for older adults, families, and their caregivers? How do we examine, explore, and create innovative and contemporary liturgical, spiritual, and service ministries by, with, and for all generations in the Body of Christ?

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April 12, 2011
As the first baby boomers reach retirement age, the Older Adult Ministries Task Force of the Episcopal Church is recognizing and addressing issues and concerns of the aging population, and making available online resources, according to an April 12 release from the office of public affairs. In addition, the release says, through the task force the Episcopal Church is giving attention to the...
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February 14, 2007
Last Monday, President Bush sent his FY 2008 budget request to Congress. The continuing cost of war in Iraq and Afghanistan – as much as $145.2 billion this coming year – seriously reduces the resources available to respond to human need at home and abroad. In some areas, particularly our nation's response to deadly poverty and disease abroad, the budget is consistent with our...
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May 16, 2006
Did you know that just two months ago the President and Congress cut $39 billion dollars from education, health care for senior citizens and those with disabilities, child support and support for the working poor from last year's federal budget? Now, leaders in the House of Representatives want to cut an additional $10 Billion from programs serving the working poor, children, and the elderly...
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March 29, 2006
Dear Members of the Budget Committee: We are pleased to send you, as members of the House Committee on the Budget, this statement regarding the FY ’07 Federal Budget. We are leaders of five Protestant denominations representing close to 20 million Americans who believe in the Biblical imperative to care for the “least of these.” Last year we spoke out throughout the...
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November 30, 2005
Who is the best lobbyist in Washington? You are! And right now we need your help. The House of Representatives has recessed and will return to Washington December 5th. The Senate will return the week of December 12th. Your Representatives and Senators are easier to meet while they are home so this is a great time to contact them. The affects of this summer's hurricanes continue to be felt by...