Barb Powell

United Church of Christ and German Partners find Common Ground in Health and Human Services

By Barb Powell | September 16, 2017

Representatives of two completely different systems of service in health and human service ministries came together for a week in Germany, exchanged ideas, and left inspired for the future. A seven-member delegation from the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries met Sept. 6-13, 2017, with representatives from Diakonie Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe (RWL),…

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‘The Play’s the Thing!’ for Residents and Staff at the UCC’s Cape Albeon

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2017

For the Rev. Le Remington, a chaplain at Cape Albeon — a United Church of Christ-affiliated senior living community in southwest St. Louis, Mo. — one of the best ways to serve the residents is through the arts, and in bringing the arts to such areas as Bible study. At a faith-based place like Cape…

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United Church of Christ Conference-Agency Partnership Called to Provide Affordable Housing

By Barb Powell | September 11, 2017

Many people think of mountains and pristine ski slopes when they think of Colorado. But behind the tourist attractions, as in most places across the United States, homelessness and affordable housing are tandem crises. In the metro Denver area, two United Church of Christ entities have teamed up to address the issues: Archway Housing &…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services Program Builds ‘Bridges of Hope’ in Southern Illinois

By Barb Powell | August 30, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has a long history of helping to create a better world for the children and families it serves. But with increased violence and prejudice against communities of color, one of its programs — Puentes de Esperanza (Bridges of Hope) — has taken on heightened significance, especially among the swiftly-growing Latinx population in southwest Illinois.

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UCC’s ‘Age-Friendly Congregations’ Curriculum Helps Churches Minister Effectively to All Ages

By Barb Powell | August 21, 2017

How does a local United Church of Christ congregation answer the needs of older adults and live into the UCC’s Great Love of Neighbor? The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has an answer. Age-Friendly Congregations is a new curriculum that helps local churches developing meaningful programming for their members. “Age-Friendly Congregations ……

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Town, Church, and Retirement Community Blend Together, Benefit All

By Barb Powell | August 17, 2017

At the United Church of Christ’s Uplands Village, a continuing care, affordable retirement community in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., it’s often hard to tell where the CHHSM-member ministry ends and the community begins. And that’s just the way everyone likes it. Uplands is a community within a community. Its 300 residents, including many retired UCC pastors,…

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UCC-related Brewster Place Refresh Brings Innovation to Senior Life

By Barb Powell | August 12, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Brewster Place, a 54-year-old community for older adults in Topeka, Kan., has one basic philosophy: a holistic approach to providing the programming and services needed for its residents to thrive. To that end, the community is in the middle of a $21-million, three-year project to modernize and renovate the 30-acre…

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Intergenerational Campers Make New Friends at Camp Ageless

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2017

When staffers at United Church of Christ-related Patriot Ridge Community, a senior living community in Fairborn, Ohio, were challenged to create innovative programming for the residents, one of the activities they created was guaranteed to turn ageism on its ear: Camp Ageless, a one-day, intergenerational event. The third annual camp took place Aug. 4 on…

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Nollau To You: Bringing Servant Leadership to CHHSM-Member Ministries

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2017

When Grace Congregational UCC in Two Rivers, Wis., sent a financial gift to United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., the hope was for one home manager at Emmaus to attend the Nollau Leadership Institute, a servant leadership training program from the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. Instead, the…

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UCC’s Angelus Plaza to host photo exhibit on L.A.’s older immigrant communities

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2017

An unused office space on the third floor of United Church of Christ-related Angelus Plaza Senior Activities Center in downtown Los Angeles is sparking a renaissance at the center for the creative arts. The center’s staff wanted to start an ongoing multimedia project, not only for residents in the low-income senior housing of Angelus Plaza,…

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