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When a loved one is challenged with a significant health crisis we request prayers for healing

When a loved one is challenged with a significant health crisis we request prayers for healing—just listen to the prayer requests on Sunday mornings. We want those who are struggling with health issues and who live with pain to get better. Whether it is living for second chances or for some long-awaited day or age, our initial desire is to live even when there are significant medical issues. We are after all, a people of faith that believes in miracles so we make decisions with the hope and yearning that things will get better.

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There we were. In the parlor of the church all sitting around the room for an informal conversation in which I had been invited to share about the ministry of United Church Homes, one of the 73 organizations that is a covenanted member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the UCC. Our organization provides...

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I was surprised when I heard a conference staff person reflect that upwards of 80% of the conflicted churches with whom they were invited to help facilitate resolutions involved a retired clergy who was a member of the congregation. Whether the previously mentioned retired clergy was at one time the pastor of the church in conflict or was just now member of the conflicted church, they had been pulled, cajoled or just inserted themselves into the conflict in such a way so as to hinder a resolution. And, much to the consternation of this conference staff person…

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Tis the season that seems to be dedicated to all things children. With a baby the focus of the biblical narrative and children the participants and intended audiences of many of our cultural traditions, Advent and Christmas celebrations can be difficult times to connect with more mature members. How do we share the story of…

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Soon after Don and Judy joined the church, Judy’s octogenarian mother, Flo, moved into their home due to “memory issues”. Flo attended services with her daughter and son-in-law for about 18 months. Worship had been her only connection with the congregation during these months in her daughter’s community. Slowly, Judy and Flo’s attendance at worship…

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Paul McCartney asked the question years ago: “Look at all the lonely people….where do they all come from?” We live in a culture that promotes living in our own homes as long as possible. We value our independence. We live where we live, regardless of family support close at hand. Have we, perhaps, set ourselves…

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There are very few places in our culture where multiple generations have the opportunity to be in active relationship with each other. Church, I would argue, is the blaring exception. This past Sunday in church we celebrated an infant baptism along with the four generations of her visiting family. We sent prayers with a young adult off to graduate school in a distant city. We mourned the loss of an octogenarian member and welcomed the newly retired visiting son of another member. And there it was, the circle of life gathered in the presence of God, witnessed by the faithful community whose lifetimes spread more than 90 years.

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There is a division within our culture based on the prejudice toward those who have lived six decades or more.This prejudice is ageism and there is a significant research under way to look at the issue with an initial reporting and analysis of the findings being shared through the American Society on Aging. My own…

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There is a division within our culture based on the prejudice toward those who have lived six decades or more.This prejudice is ageism and there is a significant research under way to look at the issue with an initial reporting and analysis of the findings being shared through the American Society on Aging. My own…

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This week’s post is written by the Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Director of Outreach and Mission Integration at United Church Homes in Marion, Ohio, a member ministry of the United Church of Christ Council for Health and Human Services Ministries.

As we age, our time horizons grow shorter and our goals change.
When we recognize that we don’t have all the time in the world, we see our priorities most clearly.
We take less notice of trivial matters. We savor life. We’re more appreciative, more open to reconciliation.
We invest in more emotionally important parts of life, and life gets better, so we’re happier day-to-day.
But that same shift in perspective leads us to have less tolerance than ever for injustice.
– Laura Carstensen, TEDexWomen, 2011

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Corporate News

  • UCH communities recognized with Silver Quality Award

    Posted: September 06, 2018

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  • Pilgrim Manor’s Inaugural Lunch Break to Educate Series: 2018 Tax Reform

    Posted: August 21, 2018

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  • UCH, Fairhaven Win Alber Enterprise Center Award

    Posted: August 21, 2018

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  • Housing Services Expands Portfolio to 61 Communities

    Posted: August 20, 2018

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  • Fairhaven Earns Five-Star Quality Rating

    Posted: August 20, 2018

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UCH Events

  • Monthly Caring for the Caregiver Programs Held at Fairhaven

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