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Come of Age with Author Activist Stephen Jenkinson

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm

Asian Centre, UBC
1871 West Mall (map)

$120 / $100 Seniors/Students

or $135 at door. Tickets here.

Author activist Stephen Jenkinson presents an intimate daylong immersion -- Come of Age.

In his landmark provocative style, Stephen Jenkinson makes the case that we must birth a new generation of elders, one poised and willing to be true stewards of the planet and its species.

Come of Age does not offer tips on how to be a better senior citizen or how to be kinder to our elders. Rather, with lyrical prose and incisive insight, Stephen Jenkinson explores the great paradox of elderhood in North America: how we are awash in the aged and yet somehow lacking in wisdom; how we relegate senior citizens to the corner of the house while simultaneously heralding them as sage elders simply by virtue of their age. Our own unreconciled relationship with what it means to be an elder has yielded a culture nearly bereft of them. Meanwhile, the planet boils, and the younger generation boils with anger over being left an environment and sociopolitical landscape deeply scarred and broken.

Taking on the sacred cow of the family, Jenkinson argues that elderhood is a function rather than an identity–it is not a position earned simply by the number of years on the planet or the title “parent” or “grandparent.” As with his seminal book Die Wise, Jenkinson interweaves rich personal stories with iconoclastic observations that will leave readers radically rethinking their concept of what it takes to be an elder and the risks of doing otherwise. Part critique, part call to action, Come of Age is a love song inviting all of us to grow up, before it’s too late.

Watch The Making of Humans video clip by Ian MacKenzie.

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW is a spiritual activist, author, ceremonialist and farmer. Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is the author of several books including the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul. Stephen is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada feature length film documentary, Griefwalker. This event will be the Banyen launch of his new book Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble.

ALSO: Saturday, October 13
Nights of Grief & Mystery Concert
with Stephen Jenkinson & Gregory Hoskins Band