UMA July/August 2021 Newsletter
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 In This Issue
Ministry Summer Reads
Shared Learning
Member News
   ‣  Older Adult Ministries
   ‣  Community-Based and Developmental Disabilities Ministries
   ‣  Children, Youth and Families Ministries
   ‣  On the Move
Annual Sponsor News
United Methodist Church News
Calendar of Events


These books share challenges, heartaches, joys and best practices to support the work of your ministries.

Hallowed Ground: Stories of Successful Aging     Hallowed Ground: Stories of Successful Aging
by Larry Minnix

There are nearly fifty million Americans who are sixty-five years or older, according to the US Census Bureau. However, the reality of caring for your aging parents or yourself is becoming increasingly complicated. How do you or your loved ones navigate the future and stay happy, active, and engaged in society?

Raising the Challenging Child     Raising the Challenging Child
by Karen Doyle Buckwalter, Debbie Reed, Wendy Lyons Sunshine
Raising the Challenging Child
Building on their work at Chaddock, the authors empower frustrated parents with practical tips and real-life examples. Those who work with children and youth will find positive, practical steps they can use to understand and address the baffling behavior of the child under their care. View episode two of their accompanying video series here.

Joyful Together - The Institute of Family & Community Impact

    Joyful Together - The Institute of Family & Community Impact
by OhioGuidestone

Joyful Together: Using Everyday Moments to Build Resilience in Children Joyful TogetherTM is a research-based model that builds childhood resiliency and reduces toxic stress in children by enhancing parent/caregiver relationships with joyful play.
Joyful Together: Using Everyday Moments to Build a Loving Relationship with Your Child - The Institute of Family & Community Impact

    Joyful Together: Using Everyday Moments to Build a Loving Relationship with Your Child - The Institute of Family & Community Impact
by OhioGuidestone

This Joyful TogetherTM manual provides easy-to-do activities that parents/caregivers can use. Through the act of play parents and children can create stronger, loving bonds, while lowering stress in children and adults.
Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying     Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living
by Tim Bauerschmidt and Ramie Liddle

When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed, Norma - rose to her full height of five feet and told her doctor, "I'm 90 years old. I'm hitting the road." Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian's wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma reminds us that life is beautiful and precious and that family, fun, and self-discovery can happen at any age.

What are you reading to inspire your work this summer?
Send your favorite reads to Sara Charbonneau (

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Building a Resilient Ministry
A Joint UMA and CHHSM Event
for Ministries Serving Children, Youth and Families

Wednesday, August 11
1:00 - 3:00 P.M. Eastern

A recent Stanford University study highlights the pandemic-exacerbated social isolation, economic stress, and other uncertainties that can cause anxiety, depression, and even trauma in at-risk youth. Inequitable access to youth professionals can add to those occurrences. This webinar is structured to assist child, youth, and family service professionals in meetings those increased healing needs.
The event features a keynote address by Frank Kros, MSW, JD, founder and CEO of Kros Learning Group. Kros, a career child advocate, has served as a childcare worker, child abuse investigator, and children's home administrator. His presentation will offer practical applications to everyday practices involving children, youth and the adults who care for, counsel, and educate them.

A total of two Continuing Education Credits for this event
have been approved by NASW.

To learn more, please click here.

Only $49 for members; Group discount for 3 or more

Click Here to Register


   Save the Date   
2022 UMA Annual Meeting
April 25-27  |  Savannah, GA

Visit the UMA website for more details to come.
Peer Networks on Hiatus July and August

The Peer Networks are on hiatus for the months of July and August as we begin to prepare for our 2022 Annual Meeting. Watch for the networks to begin again in September.

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UMA Members Partner to Serve Seniors
Various members of the Methodist Retirement Communities (TX) team, including two board members, met with Methodist Senior Services (MS) in mid-July to explore new ideas and collaborations. Their partnership is mutually beneficial and a true blessing as each organization seeks to serve seniors guided by faith with a commitment to excellence... read more.

  • The Bethlehem Center's (TN) Executive Director Reginald Smith announces the development of their new community basketball court.
  • UMOM New Day Centers (AZ) receives surprise donation from the Arizona Cardinals and NFL Foundation to fund increased internet and computer access for their clients.

Andrew Hendren Elected Wespath's next CEO and General Secretary
Mr. Hendren joined Wespath in 2004 as assistant general counsel focused on health and welfare benefits. Throughout his time at Wespath he has taken on increasingly complex and challenging roles and responsibilities. Over his tenure, Mr. Hendren has spearheaded Wespath legislation for the UMC's 2016, 2019 and 2020 (currently postponed) General Conferences. He leads Wespath's scenario planning initiative, strategizing how Wespath will serve new Methodist expressions and a smaller, legacy United Methodist Church in the expected segmented outcome of General Conference... read more.
Gary Wagner receives the Shining Star Award
Rainbow Acres President and CEO Gary Wagner received the Shining Star Award for Outstanding Executive Director of the Year 2021 from ALFA (Arizona Assisted Living Federation of America).

Arizona ALFA is a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides education, information and advocacy for assisted living communities within Arizona.... read more.

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   Save the Date   
Interfaith Roundtable Breakfast
sponsored by Ziegler and LeadingAge at the 2021 Leading Age Annual Meeting and Expo

Sunday, October 24, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Click here for more details.

Attendance is limited, if you are interested in attending, please contact Sara Charbonneau (

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Public Opinion Poll: U.S. Attitudes About Investing in Older Adults
American families face a crisis as millions of us are growing older without access to affordable care and support we need. As Congress and the Administration move forward on "care economy" proposals that provide for much-needed support and services, LeadingAge commissioned new polling of U.S. adults to uncover current public attitudes... read more.

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Calendar of Events
All times Eastern unless otherwise noted.
August 11 Building a Resilient Ministry, 1:00 P.M. Eastern
August 12 EAGLE Education Series: Introduction to EAGLE, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
August 26 EAGLE Education Series: Preparing for EAGLE Self-Study/Site Visit, 10:00 A.M. or 3:00 P.M.
September 2 September Development Network Call, 10:00 A.M.
September 8 September HR Network Call, 11:00 A.M.
September 23 Lessons in Resilience: Preparing, Managing and Recovering Through A Crisis, 11:00 A.M.

We invite you to keep abreast of this year's Shared Learning educational opportunities at:

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