About Rev. Beth Long-Higgins

Rev. Beth Long-Higgins is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, musician, fiber artist and mother of two adult children.

Recent Blog Posts

Resolutions, Spiritual Practices, New Beginnings

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  January 04, 2018

A new year provides an opportunity for a renewed focus on spiritual practices. New Year resolutions have never attracted my attention. Maybe this is because when we make..

A New Kind of House Church

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  December 27, 2017

There are 40 million unpaid caregivers in the U.S. today, according to a recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center. Fifty percent of the current paid workforce..

Updating the Holy Family Portraits

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  December 21, 2017

I recently cleaned off the front of our refrigerator where we keep the yearly family portraits that come in Christmas cards. You know: The school portraits from nieces..

LGBT Aging: Rooted in Compassion, Respect

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  November 30, 2017

Most people assume that LGBT people are young. Rarely do we think about those whose lifetimes have been lived in and out of secrecy trying to conform to society’s norms...

Self-perceptions about Aging Matter

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  November 07, 2017

When a person believes that aging is a negative process, it negatively affects their self-concept, performance, health and how long they live. We need to live as if..

Abundance: An Essential Part of Aging

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  October 18, 2017

Three years ago, the Board of Directors of United Church Homes, along with the executive leadership team, and select staff and residents from one of our senior living..

Say What?: Changing the Conversation

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  October 16, 2017

One of the ongoing conversations that we will periodically share has to do with the language that we use when we talk about many things related to aging. We know that..

Do Clergy Increase End-of-life Costs of Care?

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  September 11, 2017

When a loved one is challenged with a significant health crisis we request prayers for healing—just listen to the prayer requests on Sunday mornings. We want those who..

Elder Orphans

By Rev. Beth Long-Higgins  •  June 26, 2017

It may not be something to which anyone aspires, but it is a very real and growing concern: Elder orphans. An elder orphan is defined as “aged, community-dwelling..