United Church Outreach Ministry Creates Opportunities for Neighbors Through Walking Program

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2019

Old and young, new neighbors or long-time residents — every Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., they don walking shoes and meet at United Church Outreach Ministry’s (UCOM) offices in Wyoming, Mich., for a jaunt around the neighborhood. The walking club was the brainchild of UCOM staff. When a weekly “Sit and Be Fit” class led…

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UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health Educator and Chaplain Buhuro Publishes Book on Spiritual Needs of African Americans

By CHHSM Staff | October 9, 2019

The Rev. Danielle J. Buhuro, D.Min., currently an ECPE certified educator at UCC-related Advocate South Suburban and Trinity Hospitals in Chicago, has just released a new book, Spiritual Care in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter — Examining the Spiritual and Prophetic Needs of African Americans in a Violent America. Published in the Cascade imprint by Wipf…

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Medicare Providing New Resources to Help Beneficiaries During Open Enrollment

By Guest Contributor | October 1, 2019

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period is just two weeks away. From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, beneficiaries can enroll in health and drug plans for 2020. But beginning today (Oct. 1), beneficiaries can start looking at new 2020 health & prescription plans online with the new and improved Medicare Plan Finder tool. There is a lot…

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MIT’s Coughlin to Keynote Fourth Annual Ruth Frost Parker Center Symposium on Abundant Aging

By Barb Powell | September 26, 2019

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., founder and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, will keynote the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s 2019 Annual Symposium. The event takes place Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel. Registration/check-in opens at 8 a.m. Coughlin, who teaches in MIT’s…

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CHHSM Survey Seeks Member Feedback to Help Plan Future Programs and Services

By CHHSM Staff | September 13, 2019

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries wants your feedback. All CHHSM members are invited to participate in an online survey to assess the value of current CHHSM programs and services in order for CHHSM to better serve its membership. “The CHHSM Board is seeking ways to more fully engage CHHSM members, and…

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From Resolution to Resolve

By Michael Readinger | September 13, 2019

The lack of affordable housing (2013), gun violence as a health issue (2017), the opioid crisis (2019). All of these are critical issues that the CHHSM Board, membership and staff have addressed via the UCC General Synod resolution process. Well, it is time to put the pedal to the metal, to walk the talk, and…

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‘With Such Hope, We Can Be Bold’

By Rev. Elyse Berry, DMin | September 13, 2019

In her poem, “The Summer Day,” Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?” I hear in Mary’s words an invitation to lean into that which gives life, energy, and wonder. For me, supporting others along their paths to healing and flourishing — personally and…

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Nollau To You Expands to Introduce ‘Serving Leadership’ to Larger Audience

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2019

Surprises are always at the forefront when UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries faculty lead Nollau To You seminars. Two recent versions of the one-day, serving leadership training sessions were no exception, particularly because both included new ways of bringing the event to UCC-related constituencies. From July 31 to Aug. 2, CHHSM held…

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For UCC-related St. John’s Community Care, Financial Realities Yield Difficult Choices, Renewed Direction for the Future

By Barb Powell | September 11, 2019

When UCC-related St. John’s Community Care started its Home Services Program 34 years ago, it filled an important niche — providing services to older adults in the community who had no means of getting the care they needed. But over time, communities change. For the Collinsville, Ill., CHHSM member, this meant competition with 19 other…

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CHHSM-Local Church Collaboration Helps Community Gain Understanding of Issues Faced by LGBTQ+ Older Adults

By Barb Powell | September 11, 2019

When CHHSM members team up with local UCC churches, extraordinary things can happen. A recent presentation of the critically-acclaimed film Gen Silent in Westlake, Ohio, highlights just how much a local community can benefit. The free showing Aug. 25 of the documentary about LGBTQ+ older adults deciding whether to go back into the closet to…

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