They are threefold: Spirituality, Friendship and Mission. These are embodied in each meeting but it is up to the group to decide how to interpret the aims. As long as the meeting contains each of these elements, then this is all that matters.
The UK movement, which grew from French roots, was inspired, from the first translation of the French ‘La Vie Montante’ handbook in 1979, to enable those in later life to meet, enjoy one another’s friendship, to value their wisdom and knowledge and to spiritually nourish them.
In England, the title ‘The Life Ascending’ was adapted from ‘La Vie Montante’. In England the title was ‘The Ascent’ but after 35 years was renamed Life Ascending. This was to be in line with the movement worldwide.
The photograph shows the Southsea group, enjoying a happy afternoon.