The Senior Life Institute offers participants opportunities for lifelong learning, to expand cultural awareness and to grow relationships with God and each other.

The Institute is both for our congregation and for outreach to the general community offering programs featuring:

  • Relevant topics
  • Experts in their field
  • Experiential events
  • Opportunities for discussion and fellowship

Each Senior Life Institute program addresses a current topic or area of interest. There can be as many as four separate sessions in a program in which expert presenters provide in-depth and insightful viewpoints. The format might include lecture, panel discussion, and a trip, all designed to provide experience, participation, and learning. Each class is followed by a luncheon, allowing the participants to network and discuss what they are learning.

Calling all backyard bird enthusiasts, conservationists, and stewards of God’s creation . . . Welcome to the VIRTUAL Senior Life Institute Online Presentations on “Birds on the Brink”.  We hope you will enjoy and learn much about conservation, bird friendly policies, concerns and threats to bird habitats, and backyard birding. Join us for our presenter videos on and after Nov. 21st.

We are offering these presentations at no cost to you, but we do ask for you to help us defer expenses by making a donation, if you so desire. Donation information:  You can send a check with your donation to Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 East Roseville Rd., Lancaster, PA. 17601, Please mark Sr. Life Institute on the memo line.

Our speakers are:

Linda Ferich, Lancaster County Conservancy – “Community Wildlife Habitat “

Doug Good, Highland Member, Photographer – “Back Yard Birds”

Dan Mummert, PA Game Commission –“From the Brink” 

“BID FOR THE BIRDS” a Silent Online Auction of Quilts and Bird related items begins Nov. 23 and ends on Nov. 30, to benefit Bird Sanctuaries and conservation efforts.  Directions for bidding and pictures of items will be available linked from our church website soon. 

Previous Senior Life Institute Programs

Fall 2016 : Native Americans –  The study reflected on Native American music, dance, arts, artifacts, spirituality and culture…the impact of European Colonialism and the Doctrine of Discovery…a virtual tour of Indian Steps Museum…current day Native issues…a local Native focus as well as Native Americans of the North Eastern United States…Advocates for Native causes.      

Fall 2015: Buddhism – Learned about the origins of Buddhism, took a virtual tour of a Buddhist monastery, practiced meditations, compared and contrasted Buddhism and Christianity and saw a collection of Buddhist artifacts.                                                                                

Spring 2015: Faith and The Fight – Bus trip to Gettysburg featured a licensed battlefield guide and a visit to the Seminary Ridge Museum. The tour followed in the footsteps of chaplains and others serving the spiritual needs of the soldiers.                                                                             
Fall 2014: The Reformation – Protest-ants – featured speakers from Lutheran, Presbyterian, Moravian and Reformed traditions and a curator-led tour of the Presbyterian Historical Society, a tour of the historic sanctuaries of Old Pine Street Church and Christ Church in Philadelphia.

Spring 2014: Exploring the Anabaptist Faith – featured speakers from the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietistic Studies at Elizabethtown College and a tour of The Young Center.

Spring 2013: Exploring the Jewish Faith – featured a tour of a synagogue and a bus trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

Fall 2013: Exploring Islam – featured local Muslim leaders and educators, a trip to the United Nations Visitor Center, the National Islamic Cultural Center, and a Mosque.