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Music as a Pastoral Care Tool

There is tremendous power in listening to the “old” music that provides the soundtrack to your life. Those “old” pieces can ignite new opportunities for conversation and connection. The question is: Can we use the power of that music to assist with pastoral care? Pastors and lay visitors struggle to provide support and spiritual care for their members who living...

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The Light of the World

I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me! If you follow and love, you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.   When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the sages and the shepherds have found their way home, the...

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The Candles of Christmas

Merry Christmas! I offer words from Howard Thurman as a gift for you this day. Words written almost half a century ago. Yet they are helpful for us as we live in this liminal time between ending one year and anticipating the next. In case your path has not yet crossed his, Thurman was born in segregated Florida in 1900. ...

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Advent Series — Love

Barren Little did I know how difficult it would be to have children. After years of trying, my husband and I sought a fertility specialist who helped us finally get pregnant. The sheer joy we felt when we welcomed our son Jake into the world! And again, with help from a fertility specialist and many prayers, we welcomed Samuel and...

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Advent Series — Peace

Got Peace? What Brings Older Adults Peace — A Conversation Peace. Throughout the Advent season, as our journey brings us closer to Christmas Eve, many Christian churches light a candle each week to represent a stepping stone along the path. The second candle in the Advent wreath represents “peace.” Thus, in the second of our four-part Advent series on aging,...

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Advent Series — Hope

First Sunday in Advent Every year as Advent creeps up on me — how, exactly, is it the last of November already — and my heart turns to contradictory reflections. The first Sunday in Advent signifies hope. The hope for the new creation in God’s love. The hoped-for coming of a savior for all. Christmas! The month ahead is filled...

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The Sacred Ground of Hospitality

The Wyandotte Nation 2019 Gathering I recently attended a unique, historic event in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, home to our Fairhaven Community since 1920. A United Methodist Church there has held in trust sacred land and burial grounds for the Wyandotte Nation since the 1840s. A local congregation, John Stewart UMC, named for the Methodist missionary who first worked with the...

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Thanksgiving: Shining Light and Gratitude on Communities Who Care for Their Older Adults

Love Thy Neighbor: A True Story There once was an older adult who lived alone. He was not married and never had any children. His extended family did not live close by him. He was independent and managed his life well. One day, the man suffered an injury that changed his life for several weeks. He was unable to cook...

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Dayton Nonprofit, Marion-Based Senior Living Services Provider Earn o4a Award

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Area Agencies on Aging has recognized four organizations for a unique partnership that brought the first statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender aging conference to Ohio. Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2, based in Dayton, Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County and United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker...

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Restoration of Naomi

This week, we continue the theme of “Mothers and Fathers of Faith." This person is a woman of great vision, strategy and courage. The biblical book is named to honor her daughter-in-law, Ruth. But Naomi is the change agent that propels Ruth’s life for generations to come. Foreigners in a New Land The famine in Judah was the reason the...

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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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