SeniorFest to be held at CLU
Event offers learning, fellowship for Lutheran seniors

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - The Association of Lutheran Older Adults and California Lutheran University are presenting SeniorFest 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.

The Rev. Roland Martinson, an author and professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., will give the keynote address on the “Call to Elderhood.”

The “Passing on the Faith” event will feature several workshops led by CLU faculty and staff. Michele LeBlanc, chair of the Exercise Science Department, will discuss the role of exercise in building strength, mobility and stability. The Rev. Howard Wennes, former interim president of CLU, will talk about passing values on to grandchildren. The Rev. Paul Egertson, a senior religion lecturer, will present a session on Lutheran theology. Jim Birren, a leader in the gerontology field for 60 years and a member of the American Society on Aging Hall of Fame, and Marylie Gerson, associate professor of psychology at CLU, will discuss life review and the guided autobiography process. Stephen Wheatly, Vice President for University Advancement, will share information on estate planning.

The event will also include devotions, an ALOA presentation and lunch.

SeniorFests bring Lutheran adults together for learning, devotions and fellowship to enhance their physical, spiritual, social and intellectual lives. They are one of several types of events sponsored by ALOA, an inter-Lutheran movement based in Baltimore that provides resources for older adult ministry. ALOA was formed in the early 1990s by a group of church leaders to help prepare the church for "the age wave."

Registration is $25 per person prior to Jan. 5 and $30 after that date. To register, go to For more information, contact Linda LeBlanc in the Church Relations Office at (805) 493-3936 or