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Lifelong Learning Program

Program Description

The Center’s Lifelong Learning Program consists of the Open University (OU), Lunch and Life (LAL) and Group Travel, all geared to those who are around 50 and older.

OU is offered at two locations (St. Luke Lutheran and First Presbyterian Churches) on Mondays and Thursdays, for three 8-week sessions a year in the fall, winter, and spring. Instructors are well-qualified volunteers, often current or retired faculty from area universities. A wide variety of subjects are offered in literature, history, the arts, health, foreign languages, current events, Feldenkrais and yoga. Each OU day includes a lunch speaker, usually a local celebrity, who presents a talk on a topic of special interest (free attendance all year long to lunch speakers is a benefit of our $25 annual membership). Each term averages 400 registrants, and more than 70 people give their time and expertise as teachers, hospitality team members, and organizers to make it all happen. The members of the Shepherd’s Center Education Committee are completely responsible for planning and carrying out the myriad details of each term. Many people have attended the Open University for more than 10 years, citing the friendships and the continued learning as keeping them happy and eager to return each year.

LAL is a lecture series, offered on Wednesdays, the first four weeks of each OU session and is presented as a gift to the community in partnership with St. Mary Catholic Church. It is free and open to the public. No TSCOR membership or tuition is required. Group trips, organized by our Travel Committee, are offered 2-3 times a year, and provide opportunities for both learning and fellowship.

Lifelong Learning offers opportunities for intellectual challenge and social interaction, important factors as we grow older. Our program is the best bargain for quality, lifelong learning in Richmond. The $45 member tuition covers all the classes during the 8 weeks and membership is only $25 for the year. You can’t beat that!! Come join us!

Program Address



Culture & Humanities, Education, Philanthropy Volunteerism & Grant makers, Seniors


Richmond City

Primary Population Served

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens