Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award

The Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award recognizes outstanding individuals, programs and services in religion, spirituality and aging, in an effort to inspire more spiritual exploration in the aging services field. Nominees should be a member of both ASA and FORSA, and they will be evaluated on how long they’ve worked in the field, what contributions they have made to the religious and spiritual needs of older adults in the areas of health, research, education, policy planning, advocacy or congregational activity.

Nominees should be leaders in the field of religion, spirituality and aging, and be able to demonstrate effectiveness in meeting religious and spiritual care needs of elders. Their work should have had an impact locally, state-wide and nationally—even internationally—and they should have spent time passing on their knowledge.

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book and in AgeBlog as well as on this page. The award is typically presented during the FORSA program at the ASA annual conference.

The nomination site for the 2019 Award is closed. Please bookmark this page and revisit it in June.


2018 Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award Winner

Nancy Gordon

Nancy Gordon is immediate past chair of ASA’s Forum on Religion, Spirituality and Aging (FORSA) Council. Gordon has been a frequent presenter at the Aging in America Conference, and has contributed articles to and recommended writers for ASA’s bimonthly newspaper, Aging Today.

Gordon has served as director of the California Lutheran Homes Center for Spirituality and Aging since June 2008. Previously, she worked in libraries and historical agencies until attending seminary in mid-life. She is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and has served as associate pastor of Winnetka Covenant Church in Wilmette, Illinois, and as director of Growth Opportunities at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, a large continuing care retirement community.