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Advent, Week One — 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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Everyday Saints

This is part two of a four-part series of stories of people who have shined their light as a beacon in service to others. When we celebrate All Saints’ Day, we remember those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. A saint is a person acknowledged as holy or virtuous. The informal definition of “saint” is a person who,...

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Remembering the Power of Persistence

All Saints' Day Each year, we celebrate All Saints' Day in the life of the Christian church on November 1. Dating back to the ninth century, this sacred holy day has been set aside to honor those who died as witnesses to the Christian faith. We also make time to remember the dedication, persistence and commitment of those who made...

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October Book Series: On the Brink of Everything

When I'm 64 My 64th birthday is quickly approaching, and I hope I have an abundance of birthdays yet to come. Still, I can't ignore that already I live with some of the diminishments that come with age. Body parts ache. I groan when I get out of the car. My hearing is sliding away. And the list goes on....

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October Book Series: Elderhood

Introduction to Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life “Considering how old you are…” “If you were my father, I would…” “Given your age…” These are just three of the phrases my doctors use now when I have my annual checkups. I walk out of their examination rooms with a long list of don'ts, the feeling that I am wearing...

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October Book Series: This Chair Rocks

The One -ism That Affects Everyone What percentage of people over 65 live in nursing homes? How fast are dementia rates increasing? What impact does aging have on mental health? The answers to these questions will surprise you. In reading Ashton Applewhite’s, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, you'll discover stories and facts that will fundamentally change the way...

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2018 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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