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Welcoming Strangers

Welcoming strangers is central to the Judeo-Christian tradition. It widens a circle of community with others. To include those we do not yet know creates opportunities to meet, greet and expand our understanding of others. This concept is grounded in the ancient Jewish understanding of shalom. The Biblical concept of shalom embraces a communal sense of mind, body and spiritual...

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How we approach a significant move, such as when to move into a retirement setting, can be felt as either a painful loss (discontentment) or a new beginning (contentment). What makes the difference? Perhaps it has to do with choice and appreciating what it means to be content. We welcome guest blogger, Rev. Al Irby, for his reflections on the decision...

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Rest. What Rest?

What do death, sleep, music, sabbath and pauses from physical and mental exertion have in common? A simple four-letter word: Rest. Recently, my spouse and I heard the Columbus Symphony perform Mozart’s Requiem. As I read the translation of the words I was surprised to realize that “requiem” means “rest.” Driving home, I had Dave Google this for me. A...

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Wholefully Willing

In our chapel, the entire back wall showcases a beautiful stained-glass window depicting Jesus’ final hours of freedom, praying in the garden of Gethsemane. Overwhelmed with sorrow, Jesus hunches over a large rock, praying, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39) A little...

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Love: How Music Brings Abundant Life in Community

Connection I serve a community where music is valued as one way to connect with others. Through our Music & Memory program, several residents have an iPod personalized with music they love — music that means something to them. One of our residents loves her music but does not enjoy wearing her headphones. For this resident, who loves people and enjoys...

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It is an art to be able to ask questions. It is also a spiritual discipline. Sometimes, one question will lead to another because curiosity is generated and the desire to learn is ignited. We ask questions to gain permission and find out information, directions and clarification. We ask to encourage conversation, gain insight and receive help.  One question can...

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Christians around the world entered the liturgical season of Lent yesterday. This season includes the 40 days, not counting Sundays (which are always little Easters), prior to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of reflection, fasting and repentance. To mark the season, communities gather in worship, often centered on the ritual called the imposition of...

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Reflections on the Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit

What Does Advocacy Mean to Me? First, it means learning to love myself. I am a questioning, and queer, woman. I had a moment during the course of the LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit that took place Feb. 11-12, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. I was sitting in a workshop on intersectionality. I realized, listening to a reminder on what intersections...

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Health and Wellness

Access to affordable, high-quality healthcare is one of the greatest social justice issues facing our nation. An essential aspect of addressing health and wellness begins with individuals understanding their own rights and responsibilities. The most effective way to maneuver through the healthcare process is to seek knowledgeable community resources and support. Personal Responsibility In my past life, as a home...

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Older Advocates

Advocacy is not often a word that we associate with people who are older. It usually brings to mind a specific cause, a specific historical moment or even specific political "leanings." The word has its roots in Middle English advocacie, meaning intercession. This concept came from the Anglo-French advocassie and the Medieval Latin advocatia and advoca*tus. These roots add layers of...

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2017 Community Benefits Report

Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life

Learn more about the historic effort to raise $20 million over five years through the Comprehensive Campaign for Abundant Life at United Church Homes.

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