Community of Friends
Community is a core concept that we value deeply at United Church Homes. When the Board, staff and residents gathered in 2015 to articulate a new vision, mission and values for the organization, community was mentioned a lot! In the final versions, it remained in our vision — United Church Homes: Where the Spirit creates abundant life in community
Signs of New Life
We moved to a new city last fall. My fall and winter attention focused on getting the inside of the house in order. We knew that we would focus on the yard and outside projects in the spring. With our list of projects complete for the first months in our home, the winter seemed to linger past February, well into...
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...
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...
Narratives on Aging
What is your narrative about your own aging process? We don't just start to form narratives about our aging after we have experienced decades of life. It is really a life-long pursuit. It just becomes more pronounced as the years of experience accumulate in the past. Age presents challenges as we learn to navigate the changing world from our changing...
We began this new year with wisdom from Parker Palmer — both in last week’s post and as he graced the gathering of participants at the Wisdom Conversation event on Jan. 6 in a conversation via the joys of technology. And so I offer more of his insight as we consider how to engage in the world. Parker began a...
Christmas is for Grown-ups
I recently had a brief conversation with an acquaintance about Christmas. The older adult indicated that they didn’t have much to “get ready” as Christmas really is for children. Their statement was what it was, neither good nor bad. But I have been pondering this ever since. The “reason for the season” is Jesus, as the church sign reminds me...
Landmarks and Taskwork for End of LifeThis blog is the fourth in a series of reflections from the 3rd annual Symposium with Dr. Ira Byock on October 12, 2018, Abundant Aging Through the End of Life.
For many, the thought that someone may be developing as a person at the end of life might seem preposterous. Too often, we think about a slow decline and winding down...
Say What? Palliative Care and Hospice
Over the past several weeks, we have shared observations around palliative care. This topic is in anticipation for the Symposium of the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging later this week. Dr. Ira Byock is the keynote speaker and one of our country’s foremost experts on the subject. If you are familiar with hospice, then you have a little...