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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...
 

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Dust

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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Aging LGBT Population Facing Unique Challenges

Summit to Address the Needs of the Community The first Miami Valley LGBT Horizons of Aging Summit focusing on issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults will be held February 11 and 12, 2019, at the Sinclair College Conference Center in Dayton. It is being presented by the United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant...
 

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Dr. Ira Byock

National author and palliative care expert to headline Ohio healthcare symposium

MARION, Ohio – September 25, 2018. More baby boomers are making plans to ensure quality of life in their golden years. That includes making choices about how they wish to be cared for when they can no longer do it themselves. Unfortunately, person-directed care has been slow to gain traction in medical circles.

On October 12,...
 

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Abundance as Antidote to Depression

A large portion of the nation’s older adults will face depression and loneliness, and despite common misperceptions, mental health conditions are not a normal part of aging nor are they a character flaw. Depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older or one in five Americans of any age, according to the National Alliance on Mental...
 

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In or Out? Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults

Movie Follows LGBTQ Older Adults Deciding Whether to Be Open About Their Sexualities

COLUMBUS — As the total population of people age 65 and older increases throughout the U.S. and Ohio, the cohort of LGBTQ older adults is expanding rapidly. Research has found these older adults experience unique social, health and economic disparities, as documented in “Generations,” the Journal of...
 

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Giving Voice to LGBTQ Older Adults Conference

Gen Silent conference set for April 14

COLUMBUS — Ohio groups advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) older adults are joining efforts for the Columbus premier of Gen Silent, a film that explores the unique challenges faced by LGBT seniors as they navigate healthcare and housing needs, at North Congregational UCC. The documentary by award-winning director and...
 

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Wisdom Conversations: Clergy, Lay Leaders Combat Ageism in Retreat Day

DUBLIN, Ohio (January 11, 2017) – Central Ohio clergy and lay people participated in the first Wisdom Conversations event sponsored by United Church Homes’ Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging on Jan. 8 at Dublin Community United Church of Christ. The topic, “Aging and Opportunity for Congregations and Ourselves,” included an interdisciplinary discussion featuring facilitators Susan H. McFadden, Ph.D.,...
 

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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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