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’. Now, after 35 years, The Ascent will be known as Life Ascending and a new logo will replace the old one.
The photograph shows a number of the Southwark Group Leaders meeting in the new ‘Prayer Room’ of St Marys West Croydon Surrey. These meetings are valued as a support to the Group Leaders and as a time for planning, discussion and sharing.