Ruth Frost Parker Center

‘Redefining Retirement’: Theme of Parker Center Annual Symposium in October

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 10, 2024

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes, based in Marion, Ohio, will host its annual symposium October 4, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event will offer opportunities to participate in person or virtually.     This year’s theme is Meaning,…

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Save Me from Ableism and Ageism

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 13, 2023

By Kim Moeller, M.Div., Abundant Aging Education & Program Specialist at the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging, United Church Homes. Reprinted with permission from United Church Homes Parker Center blog. I am handicapped. There … I said it. As a result of a runaway infection, I have had a prosthetic left leg for…

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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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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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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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Presenting Sponsorship of Synod Offers Unique Avenue for Furthering CHHSM Members’ Mission and Ministry

By Barb Powell | July 6, 2019

Part family reunion, part education and information session, part network building … and a lot of fun and hard work. These sentiments express the overall reaction of CHHSM members participating in CHHSM’s first-ever presenting sponsorship of the UCC’s General Synod, held June 21-25 in Milwaukee, Wis. As presenting sponsor, CHHSM’s Synod presence helped introduce the…

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Reflections on the Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

By Guest Contributor | June 11, 2019

The first Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit was held in February at Sinclair Conference Center in Dayton, Ohio. Co-sponsored by United Church Homes and Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, the event was a huge success, with more than 200 attendees. With more than 15 breakout sessions over two days, people serving older…

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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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UCC Missouri Mid-South Conference, CHHSM Ministries Partnership Works to Create Just World for All

By Barb Powell | July 31, 2018

Donna Smith-Pupillo, executive director of Deaconess Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, sees little difference when talking about her work and that of Deaconess’ partner, the United Church of Christ’s regional Missouri Mid-South Conference. “We partner with the conference because we are a part of the conference,” Smith-Pupillo says. “We are not a separate entity, but…

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United Church Homes’ Conference to Feature ‘Gen Silent’ Film on LGBTQ Older Adults

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2018

Ohio groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are joining efforts for the Columbus premier of “Gen Silent,” a film that explores the unique challenges faced by LGBT seniors as they navigate healthcare and housing needs, at North Congregational UCC. The documentary by award-winning director and filmmaker Stu Maddux will…

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