United Methodist Association

In This Issue
UMA at LeadingAge
UMA at Alliance
Shared Learning Events
Annual Meeting 2019
Calendar of Events
Sponsor News
Networking & Education
Member News

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EAGLE: A Roadmap to Excellence

Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE) is the only faith-based accrediting body in the country, and we focus on ministry with older adults and children. At UMA, we challenge organizations not just to compete in a challenging human services environment, but to soar above the competition while living their faith values.

Please take a moment to view our EAGLE Testimonial Video to experience EAGLE through the eyes of our accredited organizations.

UMA at LeadingAge

UMA President & CEO Mary Kemper and several UMA organizations and business partners will be attending the LeadingAge Annual Meeting, October 28-31, in Philadelphia. Based on survey results this summer, UMA will not have a stand-alone event at LeadingAge this year. We will, however, be joining other faith-based associations and members at the Interfaith Roundtable Breakfast to be held at 6:30am on Tuesday, October 30. If you are interested in joining Mary Kemper and UMA Board members at this event, please send an e-mail to Sara Charbonneau at scharbonneau@ouruma.org. Limited spots are available.

Several UMA members including Aldersgate and Asbury Communities, Inc. and business partners including HJ Sims, BB&T Capital Markets and MHS Consulting will be sharing their expertise and best practices at LeadingAge. We encourage you to show your support by attending their education session. For a full list, click here.

Spiritual Wellbeing: Exploring a Meaningful Life
Spiritual Care is an essential part of providing wholistic care to residents and staff of senior living organizations. Helping people find strength and meaning as they cope with illness, grief, and the end of life can also be challenging and emotional work. Here are three ideas that can help:
  • Remember, facing one's own finitude can lead to profound changes in a belief system
  • Make your organization one where end-of-life issues are openly discussed
  • Acknowledging and dealing with grief can increase longevity of staff and enrich the lives of residents
Join UMA members Bob Ritzen, Director of Pastoral Care at Frasier Meadows, and Bob Walk, Chaplain at Simpson House, at session 47-A at LeadingAge Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 30 for more ideas and resources to support your work. During the session, we will explore the many ways organizations can support both residents and staff to develop an atmosphere of openness and mutual support as they face the unique challenges of dealing with profound change.
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UMA at Alliance

UMA Director of EAGLE Accreditation Jill Myers will be attending the 2018 National Alliance Conference in Denver, October 15-17. Do you plan to attend? If so, please send an e-mail to Sara Charbonneau at scharbonneau@ouruma.org so that Jill Myers can connect with you and explore opportunities to bring UMA members together in Denver.

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Shared Learning Events

Transitioning Youth Summit
September 20, 2018
Board of Child Care, Baltimore

UMA would like to thank everyone who attended the Transitioning Youth Summit hosted by the Board of Child Care. The Transitioning Youth Summit was an educational event that embodied the mission of what UMA is about: UMA members share with one another.

Several of our member organizations and other experts including: Autism Society of America, CWLA, Washington, D.C., Building Bridges Initiative, MC Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Cornerstone Montgomery, BroadFutures, ProjectLife, OhioGuidestone and Board of Child Care, opened their hearts and minds to each other to offer their expertise.

Pictured Left to Right: Carolyn Jeppsen (BroadFutures), Alex Dudley (Cornerstone Montgomery), Kim Musheno (Autism Society of America), Julie Collins (CWLA, Washington, D.C.), Pat Mosby (BroadFutures) and Robyn Horsey (BroadFutures)


We are pleased to announce the theme for the 2019 Annual Meeting:

"Empowered by Joy"

Featuring Douglas Abrams, author of "The Book of Joy".

Make plans to join us in Fort Myers, FL at Shell Point Retirement Community.

UMA has partnered with the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa for discounted rooms:

♦ $209 per night plus taxes
♦ Rates are valid for our group May 2-11
♦ Booking deadline April 4, 2019
Use this link to reserve your room now and beat the crowd.

"All worldly joys are less than that one joy of doing kindnesses."
- John Wesley

Share Your Joy

As we began planning the 2019 Annual Meeting, 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 yours?

Each month we plan to feature a "Joy Moment" in our newsletter and on our website. If you would like to share yours, please email Sara Charbonneau (scharbonneau@ouruma.org).

Calendar of Events

October 4 UMA Board of Directors Meeting
EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
October 5 EAGLE Accreditation Commission Meeting
October 10 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
October 25 Chaplain Chat, 4:00 PM EDT
November 1 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
November 14 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
December 6 Development Network Call, 10:00 AM EDT
December 12 Human Resources Networking Group, 11:00 AM EDT
May 7-8, 2019 Annual Meeting at Shell Point Retirement Community

Development Network Call hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.
Human Resources Networking Group hosted by Asbury Communities.

Networking & Education

Exchange ideas, share your knowledge, fellowship, and explore solutions with peers from around the nation.
We invite you to participate in any of our member networks. RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

Chaplain Chat
You and your staff are invited to network with your peers via our Chaplain Chat conference calls.

RSVP for the Chaplain Chat

Human Resources Network
The September Human Resources Call was a success with participants from 10 UMA member organizations!

You are invited to participate in our Human Resources Network conference calls hosted by Asbury Communities.

RSVP for the Human Resources Network

Development Network
The September Development Network Call was a success with participants from 10 UMA member organizations!

You are invited to participate in our Development Network conference calls hosted by United Methodist Retirement Communities.

RSVP for the Development Network

Ed4Training Offers 1 MILLION Courses for Free
Ed4Training is partnering with UMA to give away 1 Million online course programs. At Ed4Training, they believe that everything you learn changes you in ways that you would never expect. Lifelong learning is an absolute must in this era of constant change and disruption. This "give back" program will start on October 1, 2018 and run until December 31, 2018. Click here for details.

Member News

UMRC Announces Plans To Explore Affiliation
United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) and Porter Hills (PH) announced their plans to consider coming together under shared board governance and leadership, possibly creating a $150 million organization that would serve older Michigan adults in 22 counties. UMRC and PH are just beginning this process and nothing will be determined until both organizations have thoroughly completed this phase.

"In a time of continuing change in our society and for senior living providers, organizations need to be open to creative ideas in order to sustain and enhance their mission. I support UMRC in its exploration of a partnership with Porter Hills so that both organizations are able to sustain and enhance their commitment to quality living and care for Michigan's older adults. I trust UMRC to remain committed to the core values that have characterized its work from the beginning."
Bishop David Bard, Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church

UMRC is committed to utilizing its widely-recognized best practices, expertise, and financial strength to provide the highest quality care and service to older adults and their families - all while upholding UMRC's faith-based mission. For more information on this story, click here.

The Cedars of Dexter Earns Holleran 2018 Choice Community Award
United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) is pleased to announce that The Cedars of Dexter, UMRC's upscale, picturesque independent living community in Dexter, Michigan, has achieved Holleran Consulting's 2018 Choice Community Award for Employee Engagement. For more information on this story, click here.

Comfortable with Discomfort
A blog post by Debbie Reed, President & CEO Chaddock.