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...
What Does Age Have to Do with It?
The Impact of Clergy Age on Churches
When I was ordained back in 1981, I accepted the call to serve St. Andrew’s UCC, a small congregation in the old industrial city of Reading, Pennsylvania. I was following a beloved, long-tenured pastor who had served for 27 years there. I was 26 years old at that time. When the local newspaper...
An Engaged Way of Life
I recently attended an event at The Ohio State University at Marion that focused on The Presidency and the Press
. Because Marion is the late president Warren G. Harding’s hometown, the university hosts an annual convocation on a topic of relevance to American history and politics. One of the featured speakers this year was Ms. Maggie Haberman, the New York...
Dad: My First Aging Hero
Growing up, I always knew that I was different from my friends. My parents were quite a bit older than most of theirs. In fact, my dad was 57 and my mother 40 when I was born. My dad would tell a story about sitting in the labor and delivery waiting room with all the young fathers-to-be. Someone apparently asked...
Compassion as Core Value
“Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural but is an abnormal and unacceptable conditions for humanness.” — Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination
A few years ago, we revised our vision, mission and values. During this process,...
Tax Reform Needs Response Now
Tax reform is on a fast track for a vote before Christmas. There are many details in the House and Senate versions to be reconciled. Four major proposals could potentially affect the ministry of United Church Homes and the lives of older adults:
- Elimination of medical expense deduction on Schedule A. Many of our residents rely on this offset to their bills...