Age-Friendly Congregations

Advocacy Toolkit: June Release Features Needs and Care of Older Adults

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2020

The role of the church and its ministries in serving and advocating for the needs of older adults is the focus of the June installment of the Be A Voice Advocacy Health and Human Services Toolkit. A project of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM)…

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CHHSM Members Reap Benefits of Generous UCC Ohio Conference Grants

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2019

At Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., a Defiance (Ohio) College student is gaining hands-on experience and assisting staff in her chosen field. Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., is advancing a program to strengthen relationships between clients and volunteers. United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, is holding workshops featuring narrative…

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What Does Age Have to Do With It?

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 23, 2019

By the Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, president and CEO, United Church Homes The Impact of Clergy Age on Churches When I was ordained back in 1981, I accepted the call to serve St. Andrew’s UCC, a small congregation in the old industrial city of Reading, Pennsylvania. I was following a beloved, long-tenured pastor who had…

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CHHSM Resource Sparking ‘Age-Friendly Congregations’ in Missouri

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2019

There are evangelism resources hidden in plain sight at most local churches, and CHHSM’s Age-Friendly Congregations study booklet can help access them. The resources are older adults, says Jan Aerie, one of the curriculum’s co-authors. And the goal is finding ways of encouraging older congregants to share their gifts in ways that benefit everyone. Aerie,…

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