Back to All Events

Stephen Jenkinson—Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble

  • Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High 2121 Cadboro Bay Road Victoria, BC Canada (map)

“Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill. ”

Friday June 29, 2018, 7pm, Victoria BC
Stephen Jenkinson
Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble

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.

Click here for in-person tickets

Click here for Global livestream tickets

Part critique, part call to action, Come of Age is a love song inviting us—imploring us—to elderhood in this time of trouble. 

“Getting older is inevitable, becoming an elder is a skill. ”           Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW

An excerpt:

“It used to be that age was held in some esteem, considerable esteem even, as the concentration of life experience. Life experience and its many lessons were once the fundament of personal and cultural wisdom...You’d think that this is an inevitable result of an aging population in a civilized place. We should be smarter, deeper, wiser. Especially wiser...

It isn’t any longer a matter of inviting elders, those of them left, back into the fold. They aren’t out there , waiting on our invitation. They aren’t out there. Elders are a sentinel species for humanness, and like other forms of life in our corner of the world they’ve mysteriously gone missing. Young people are, often involuntarily, looking for them, and they can’t find them. How about this: old people are looking for them too. The retreat centres attest to it. If you’re looking for signs of the end times, that alone might do.

I am making the case for elderhood, not for easy agedness. I’m doing so mostly by wondering what happened. Because something happened. Something happened to ancestors and elders and honour. There’s work to be done, and there’s an old wisdom to be learned where there used to be the wisdom of old, and you can’t fix what you don’t understand. That’s where we’re headed: to grievous wisdom. Let us see if we can bear the sound, the particular sound, of no hand clapping.

This is a plea and a plot for elders in training.”

Stephen's Biography

Orphan-Wisdom-Site-Slider-Stephen-Jenkinson-201304.jpg

Pre-release copies of Stephen's book Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble, will be available for sale at this event. 

Click here to register for Stephen's talk in Victoria BC, Friday June 29, 2018, 7—9pm

Click here to register for Livestream of Stephen's talk Friday June 29, 2018, 7—9pm

Click here to register for day-long exploration with Stephen at OUR Ecovillage, Shawnigan BC, Saturday June 30, 2018, 10am—4pm

Thank you to our partners: