About Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins is the Executive Director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, musician, fiber artist, and mother of two adult children.

Recent Blog Posts

Recognizing the Holy

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  April 28, 2022

In this season of Easter—yes, it is a season, not just one day—there are many stories which detail the ways in which the early disciples and followers of Jesus made..

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  March 24, 2022

When I arrived in church on February 27 there was a large vase of sunflowers in the front of the sanctuary. I took note of them and wondered, why sunflowers in winter?..

Music Memories

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  February 03, 2022

My great grandmother would come to visit and stay for a couple of weeks each year. Together with my mother they would play piano duets in the evening after I had been..

Light and Truth

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  January 06, 2022

One year ago this day, January 6, 2021, this blog’s writers were scheduled for a zoom planning meeting at 3:00. As news from the events unfolding in Washington DC began..

New Year's Eve

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  December 30, 2021

End of the year holiday expectations are often tied to memories of past celebrations. So, back in November I asked about 50 people in leadership at United Church Homes..

Part 3: Successful Retirement Ministry Opportunities

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 18, 2021

This is the last of the three-part series about retirement.

Part 2: Expectations and Opportunities

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 17, 2021

This is the second of three blogs looking at opportunities for congregations to accompany those who are planning for and in the midst of retirement. The research..

Part 1: Retirement and Congregational Care

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 15, 2021

This is the first of three blogs looking at opportunities for congregations to accompany those who are planning for and in the midst of retirement. Much of the research..

Opening Minds (and Connecting Spirits) through Art

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Executive Director of The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 11, 2021

Opening Minds through Art is an evidenced, research-based program. It trains and pairs volunteers with residents living with dementia in order to empower the resident to..