Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging

United Church Homes Parker Center Symposium Examines Ethical, Spiritual Issues of Developing Tech

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

More than 125 individuals gathered both in-person or virtually for the United Church Homes (UCH) Seventh Annual Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging Symposium, held Sept. 30 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  This year’s event, “(Pro) Longevity: The Convergence of Ethics, Technology and Spirituality” featured keynote addresses by…

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Social and Biomedical Ethicist Dr. Tracy Trothen to Keynote Parker Center Symposium

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

Tracy J. Trothen, Ph.D., will deliver two keynotes at the annual United Church Homes Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s Annual Symposium. “(Pro) Longevity: The Convergence of Ethics, Tech and Spirituality” will be held Friday, Sept. 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. (EDT) at the Nationwide Event and Conference Center near Columbus, Ohio.…

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Take the Stand!

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 4, 2022

By the Rev. John Gant. This column, part of the Parker Center blog’s ‘Here I Stand’ series, is reprinted with permission from the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes. The command was neither invitational nor gentle. Nor did it involve a courtroom and a swearing in. Maybe a little swearing…

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A Place to Stand

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 6, 2022

By Lisa Thomas. This column, part of the Parker Center blog’s ‘Here I Stand’ series, is reprinted with permission from the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes. I worked for 20 years as a parish nurse. In fact, for most of that time, I was the parish nurse at the…

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Take a Stand

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 10, 2022

“Here I Stand” is a blog series of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes (UCH). Every eight weeks, the Parker Center blog writers meet via Zoom. From their conversation emerges a broad series theme, from which the writers author columns from their experiences and perspective. This first column in…

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United Church Homes’ Parker Center Celebrates Five Years of Ministry

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 8, 2022

By Catherine West for United Church Homes. Reprinted with permission from Spirit Magazine, Spring 2022. This year marks the five-year anniversary of the establishment of an important donor-sponsored initiative of United Church Homes (UCH): the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging (RFPCAA). The center’s primary goal is to transform how society views aging through…

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Parker Center Symposium Focuses on Impact of Racism on Health and Well Being of Older Adults of Color

By Barb Powell | September 7, 2021

In an intense examination of systemic racism in health care among older adults of color, the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s “At the Intersection of Race and Age” symposium Aug. 27 created opportunities for change through greater understanding of the ways in which discrimination and bias affect health outcomes. Held virtually and in…

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A Blossoming of Hope

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 7, 2021

By the Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D. This article originally appeared as the July 1 blog entry from United Church Homes’ Parker Center for Abundant Living. It is reprinted here with permission. In the last five years, death became the center of my life. Uninvited and not sought, this intruder entered my life space and appeared to…

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Are We Really in This Together?

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 28, 2021

By the Rev. Kenneth Daniel The Rev. Ken Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes, recently published this reflection column in his blog on the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes’ website. It is reprinted here with permission. Early in the pandemic, we began to hear the phrase, “We…

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Ministry and Dementia: United Church Homes to Offer Three-Part Series in February

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes is offering its annual Wisdom Conversations series on Ministry and Dementia, Feb. 2, 9, and 16, 2021, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The three webinars will be presented by the Rev. John and Dr. Susan McFadden, authors of Aging Together:…

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