About Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins is the VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging with United Church Homes. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, musician, amateur birder and fiber artist. Travel with her spouse, Dave, to visit their adult children and beyond brings her great joy.

Recent Blog Posts

Learning about our Mortality

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  May 23, 2024

Death and grief are both natural parts of life itself. We want to control them and postpone them and avoid them altogether. And yet, after being birthed into life, death..

Let’s Talk about Death and Dying

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  April 04, 2024

You know Benjamin Franklin’s observation that there are two things for certain in the world—death and taxes. So perhaps in this season when we are striving to meet the..

Care Sharing

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  March 21, 2024

Shel Silverstein’s book, “The Giving Tree”, first published in 1964 has been both beloved and banned over the years. For many the story of the relationship between the..

Our Colorful Lives

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  January 11, 2024

It is amazing how much we relate and respond to, interact with and use colors. Long ago I heard about research that showed that churches with blue carpet gave more money..

Holiday Angst

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  November 30, 2023

These holidays from the end of November through the new year stress me out. This is not related to any past trauma or grief around this time of year, but the conflict..

Life Just Isn’t Fair

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  October 12, 2023

When our son was about 3 1/2 years old and our daughter 8 months, Dave was preparing dinner in the kitchen. He had placed Hannah in the swing chair that she loved. That..

The Rampant Abundance of Ageism

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  September 28, 2023

There is a phrase used by leaders in the effort to overcome ageism: Aging isn’t a problem. Ageism is.

Fountains of Wisdom

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  August 03, 2023

When our grandmother fell in our living room less than 24 hours after arriving in our new home in Kentucky for a visit, her 4-day visit ended up being about 8 weeks..

Summertime

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, VP of Engagement and director of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging  •  July 27, 2023

From the Abundant Aging Blog Archives: This blog from August 2019 reminds us of the joys and blessings to be found during the summer.