United Methodist Association

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Mary's Message

Welcome New Members

Welcome New Business Members

Call for Awards

Member News

Shared Learning


Did You Know?

Calendar of Events

Membership Portal





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                                                                                                   January 2020

Mary Kemper
Mary Kemper
President & CEO

    Happy New Year! At the start of this new year, as I headed to the grocery store, I parked at the far end of the parking lot.

Why? Like many of you, I set my sights higher this year. I adjusted my Fitbit settings and moved my personal and professional goals upward. This trek across the parking lot was my first step.

Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones, maintains that one way to thrive and live longer is to "Inconvenience yourself." In other words, stretch yourself, move beyond your comfort zone, and don't always take the easy path.

That's the exciting part of a new year. And, in this case, a whole new decade. It's not just a fresh start, but also a chance to set bigger goals and try novel approaches.

We must do the same for our organizations. In 2020, with the pace of change in health and welfare ministries, we must continually move beyond comfortable and secure. Not just to grow our expertise, but to achieve greater results.

This year's UMA Annual Meeting theme, "REACH," is all about stretching yourself, your organization and your impact. It's about finding new ways to innovate. It's about reaching across... read more.
    Step it up: Goals for the New Year

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UMA Welcomes New Member

We are delighted to welcome the following new member:

Rev. Julie Hager Love
Kentucky United Methodist Children's Homes

UMA Welcomes New Business Members

We are pleased to welcome the following new Mission Supporters to UMA:

The Greenhouse Project

To learn how your organization can become a Mission Supporter, please click here.

Call for Awards Nominations: Deadline January 31

We are accepting nominations for Best Practice, Innovation, and Mission Awards through January 31. Nominations are open to all UMA members in good standing. We invite you to submit for one or more of these awards. To render your nomination(s) please click here, or by category:

  • Mission Award - Presented to an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the mission of its organization, community, field of ministry and/or UMA through inspirational leadership and commitment.

  • Innovation Award - Presented to an organization that has demonstrated a creative and unique approach to care and service in ministry.

  • Best Practice Award - Presented to organizations doing standard practices in an outstanding way.
Award winners will be selected by the Awards Committee and presented during the Celebration of Excellence at the UMA Annual Meeting in Boulder, CO on Wednesday, April 29.

Member News
Asbury Announces Albright Care Services Affiliation

Asbury Methodist Village Welcomes New Executive Director

Bayview Retirement Community's New Eldergrow Program

Benefis Health System Grieves Loss of Longtime Leader

Methodist Children's Home Collaborates to Serve Homeless Youth

OhioGuidestone Receices $1.1M Grant from US Department of Labor

Simpson Senior Services Announces New CEO

    Raising the Challenging Child
Chaddock Announces
Raising the Challenging Child
co-authored by Debbie Reed
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Shared Learning

We're about to LAUNCH!

      Watch your inbox in early February for our 2020 UMA Annual Meeting brochure and registration details.

Our Annual Meeting is our Association's signature event, providing quality education, thought-provoking information, and best practices and business trends to our members.

Our meeting includes two inspirational keynote presentations, the annual business meeting, 21 quality education sessions, networking events, a special philanthropy summit with valuable information for your board's engagement, and a tour of an EAGLE-accredited senior living community. This three-day event is designed for leadership teams, community outreach ministries, bishops, chaplains, United Methodist-related foundations and business partners - all of whom are committed to quality of service to diverse populations including seniors, children, youth, family and persons with emotional or developmental disabilities.

Join this engaging gathering of national leaders to discover the many ways you and your organization can REACH your full potential.

Book Your Hotel Now
The Headquarters Hotels: The Embassy Suites and Hilton Garden Inn or call 1-800-HILTONS.

UMA will be hosted by Frasier, located in Boulder, Colorado.
Please take a moment to view our UMA video.

Registration will begin in early 2020. For more, please click here.

#WeAreOurUMA    #WhyWeGather    #EmpoweredByJoy    #UMAREACH

UMA Peer Networks

We invite you to join other UMA professionals in our monthly conference calls. The UMA Development Network conference call occurs every first Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM Eastern Time and the UMA HR Network conference call occurs every second Wednesday at 11:00 AM Eastern Time. To include your name in the UMA Networks, please contact Kristen Jones (kjones@ouruma.org).


Plan Ahead: In-person EAGLE Peer Reviewer Training on April 28

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 Tuesday, April 28 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM during the UMA Annual Meeting in Boulder, CO. You may also arrange a personal individual training with Jill Myers (jmyers@ouruma.org or 301-556-1344). This training is beneficial for rising leaders and those identified in your organization to monitor quality systems.

Diverse Leaders' Group Offers Separation Plan

Norovirus, Trends and Outbreaks and Prevention

HJ Sims Offers Commentary on 20 Trends to Anticipate in 2020

PRIDE Model of Practice Implementation Training: February 3-7, 2020

Faithful Aging Conference - Save the Date: March 31, 2020
Bonsack United Methodist Church, Roanoke, VA. Contact Martha Stokes at mstokes@pinnacleliving.org or 804.474.8718. For more information on the keynote speaker, click here.

Calendar of Events

February 6   Development Network Call
February 12   HR Network Call: The Human Capital Connection
April 28-30   2020 UMA Annual Meeting (Boulder, CO)

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