Friday 9 April, 8pm

At MacKillop House Conference Centre,

50 Archibald Street, Lyneham


Elizabeth MacKinlay


“Ageing and Spirituality”


As more people are currently living longer in western societies,

more people have the privilege and challenge of discovering

what later life is for.


It seems that new possibilities of ageing are opening up,

to provide not just for the continuing of a mid-life persona,

but to develop new ways of being in the later years.

The final years of life can be about resilience and flourishing,

while acknowledging and facing the struggles of diminishments.

A major focus of this journey into ageing is about finding meaning in life.


This talk addresses a developmental approach to ageing,

with an underlying assumption that psychosocial and spiritual growth continue into later life, potentially to the point of death.

The works of Erikson and Frankl are drawn upon

and Elizabeth's model of spiritual tasks and process of ageing

described and applied in examining ageing and spirituality.


Rev. Prof Elizabeth MacKinlay AM is a registered nurse,

a priest in the Anglican Church

and the Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra.


She is a Professor in the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University.

Recently completed research includes an Australian Research Council project: “Finding meaning in the experience of dementia:

The place of spiritual reminiscence work”.

Elizabeth was Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing,

her term ending in 2008.

Elizabeth was the ACT Senior Australian of the Year for 2009.


An active researcher and writer, Elizabeth has presented many papers and workshops, including keynote addresses both nationally and internationally. One of her recent books, "Spiritual growth and care in the fourth age of life" was winner of the 2006 Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) Book Award.


Elizabeth is the editor of the new book based on the

CAPS 2006 conference:

"Ageing, Disability & Spirituality:

Addressing the challenge of disability in later life",

published in 2008.



Canberra Jung Society

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which aims to provide a contact for people interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav Jung. 

Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities and our library,

we seek to help people to understand their own inner journey and the world today –

from a Jungian perspective.

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