United Methodist Association

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What is your greatest joy?

Shared Learning

Member News


Joy Stories

Did you know?

Calendar of Events





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                                                                                                       April 2019

What is your greatest joy?

As we prepare for our UMA 2019 Annual Meeting, Empowered by Joy, we asked ourselves a lot of questions about joy. What is the source of your joy? Do you know the power of your joy and its story? Is it shareable? Does the radiance of your joy have a positive and lasting effect on those around you? Everyone has a personal joy story that has empowered them in some way.

What is your greatest joy? Watch as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dali Lama share their greatest joy with you.

Empowered By Joy
More than 100 people will be gathering in Fort Myers, FL at Shell Point Retirement Community for the UMA 2019 Annual Meeting: Empowered By Joy. The meeting will feature Doug Abrams, co-author of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World and 18 education sessions. During the meeting, UMA will recognize eight newly EAGLE-reaccredited organizations and UMA award winners.

Take a moment to download the 2019 Annual Meeting Brochure. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn About EAGLE Accreditation
If you or your organization is interested in any part of the EAGLE Accreditation process, please join us for the EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training on Thursday, May 9, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM during the UMA 2019 Annual Meeting or arrange a personal overview by contacting Jill Myers at jmyers@ouruma.org or 301-556-1344.

Raise Your Voice in Song
There is still time to join the UMA 2019 Annual Meeting Reflection Choir. Join the many volunteers from UMA member and EAGLE-accredited organizations from all over the country as they open the General Session on Tuesday, May 7. Song selections, rehearsal materials and on-site rehearsal details are available now. If you are interested, please contact Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org) for your rehearsal packet.

UMA 2019 Annual Meeting Goes Mobile with ConfPlus
    Enrich your UMA 2019 Annual Meeting experience with ConfPlus. ConfPlus is a mobile solution that will distribute UMA 2019 Annual Meeting information, creates personalized guides and facilitates networking.

Click here to download your ConfPlus app that is available on both the App Store and GooglePlay. For more information and the User Guide, please click here.

UMRC and Porter Hills Announce New CEO
United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. (UMRC) and Porter Hills Presbyterian Village, Inc. (PH) in Chelsea, MI, is pleased to announce that Stephen (Steve) Fetyko was offered and accepted the position of President and CEO. Mr. Fetyko is a member of the UMA Board of Directors. He has also served both UMRC and Porter Hills as the interim CEO since November, 2018. The formal affiliation of UMRC and Porter Hills took place on March 1, 2019. Read more.

Cunningham Children's Home Opens Facility
    Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, IL held an Open House and Ribbon-Cutting for its newest facility, the Rosann Gelvin Noel Education Center (NEC) and Coach Lou and Mary Henson Gymnasium, on Saturday, March 23, 2019.

The NEC and Henson Gym includes 13 classrooms, a gymnasium, fitness center, kitchen, cafeteria, multiple therapy spaces for art and music and life skills classrooms.

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Chaddock Presents Special Offer for UMA Members
    Published by Chaddock,

is a sensitive collection of encouraging, inspirational words and experiences from foster and adoptive parents and those who care for their families with an Introduction written by Debbie Reed, President and CEO of Chaddock and UMA Board of Directors Chair.

Click here to place an order.

Leading in Life: A Blog Post by Debbie Reed
Good leaders take their jobs very seriously. They work hard, and even when they're not "at" work, their mind is often "on" work. And yet, the best leaders also recognize that their life is not defined by a professional role. They are someone's child, perhaps they are a spouse and/or parent, a friend, a neighbor ... Read more.

UMA Visits Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services
    UMA President Mary Kemper visited LUMCF in early March.

LUMCF, located in Ruston, LA, achieved EAGLE Accreditation with Commendation in October, 2018. Led by President and CEO Rick Wheat, the agency has long been committed to EAGLE accreditation. In addition to completing a rigorous self-study and reaccreditation, the agency celebrates six dedicated, trained peer reviewers who regularly contribute to EAGLE's overall accreditation review process throughout the country.

Pictured left to right: Daryl Altic (Director of Quality Assurance, LUMCF), Mary Kemper (President & CEO, UMA) and Rick Wheat (President & CEO, LUMCF).

More than a Chorus, Arbor Acres' Sharps & Flats Is a Community within a Community
A Joy Story from Arbor Acres
By Martha Murphy, Marketing Arts Specialist

Every Monday afternoon from August through May, 75 residents who are members of Arbor Acres' chorus, the Sharps & Flats, gather for 90 minutes to rehearse numbers for their biannual Christmas and spring concerts.

The Sharps & Flats is no ordinary retirement community hymn-sing choir. It's an all-volunteer show chorus complete with costumes, choreography, soloists, instrumentalists, high-energy repertoire-and lots of camp! Residents from all four levels of care-independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing-participate, contributing whatever talent they wish to share. There are no auditions and previous music experience is not necessary. The result? An experience full of fun-and friendship!
"The Sharps & Flats is a community within a community. The group provides folks who would never have a chance to meet each other with the opportunity to get to know one another in a safe, supportive environment. The Sharps & Flats allows people to return to a very joyful place and not be self-aware or afraid to perform. They can simply be themselves." -Rev. Bert Sanders, Arbor Acres Director of Spiritual Arts
On the surface, Sharps & Flats rehearsals and performances look like a fun way to share a love for music. Nevertheless, there is something much deeper going on. The Sharps & Flats has bonded together as a singing social club to become the largest resident group at Arbor Acres. Members spend a great deal of time together over the year and get to... Read more.

Share Your Joy
We would like to hear from you. Do you have a joy moment or story that you like to share? We plan to feature Joy Stories in our newsletter and on our website throughout the year. If you would like to share yours, please email Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

Be Part of a Transformative Leadership Journey
Join a select group of Leadership Academy fellows for a year of personal and professional growth that will deepen your commitment to those you serve, prepare you to address the future of aging services, and help you build a nationwide network of peers that will be a resource of support and expertise well into the future. Apply today for the LeadingAge Larry Minnix Leadership Academy. The deadline is May 1, 2019.

Bringing Awareness to Unknown Struggles
Scott Badesch, the president of the Autism Society of America, says that in the United States, at least 70 percent of adults impacted by autism are either unemployed or underemployed. Read more.

Reports and Resources on Mental Health
The CDC's data brief Suicide Mortality in the United States, 1999-2017 announced that in the past 10 to 12 years, the number of people reporting symptoms indicative of major depression increased 52 percent among 12- to 17-year-olds and 63 percent among 18- to 25-year-olds. We also learned that in 2016, suicide became the second leading cause of death for ages 10-34, and the fourth leading cause for ages 35-54.  

While new studies and reports are beginning to analyze this data for contributing trends and preventative measures, it is imperative that we work to increase awareness in our communities about mental health and the signs and symptoms for those struggling with mental illness, including depression, anxiety, and the potential of suicidal thoughts and action. A few resources: Raising the Bar for DD Awareness Month
In this blog post from ACL.gov, Administration on Disabilities Commissioner Julie Hocker writes about the crucial role of high expectations in empowering people with developmental disabilities to set and achieve ambitious goals - and ultimately make community living possible. Read more.

CBPB: New Financial Protections for Minors Under 16, Including Foster Care
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) wants you to know about a new law that went into effect last year that has the potential to help out some young people in foster care who are frequently victims of credit and identity fraud. The new law, that took effect last September, lets parents and child welfare... Read more.

Senators Oppose Waiver to South Carolina on Child Welfare Recruitment
A group of 40 senators sent a letter to Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar on Wednesday, March 13, condemning the recent decision by HHS to grant a religious exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations for state-contracted child welfare agencies in South Carolina. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-OR, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read more.

2019 Calendar of Events

May 6   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
May 7-8   Annual Meeting in Fort Myers, Florida
May 8   HR Network - No Call, Network In-Person at the Annual Meeting
May 9   EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training 8:00 AM EDT
at Sanibel Harbour Marriott
June 6   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
June 12   HR Network Call 11:00 AM EDT
Caregiver Retention with LeAnn Thiemann, SelfCare for HealthCare
July 11   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
July 18-19   EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
July 24   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
August 1   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
September 5   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
October 3   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
November 7   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EST
November 13   UMA Board of Directors Meeting
December 5   Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EST