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Aging Well: An open letter about aging to my adult children

Editor’s Note: UMR Columnist Missy Buchanan sent the following letter to her three children as a means of helping them think about end-of-life issues. She offers it in the hope that all of us will consider writing their own letter about issues that we hesitate to think about, but which we all face. Dear kids, […]

Aging Well: What gifts can older adults give their adult children?

My parents had been selfless and generous, always planning ahead and making tough decisions with a spirit of grace, but I didn’t realize the full impact of their gift until years later after they were gone.

UMC Street View: Cokesbury UMC deepens recovery ministries

KNOXVILLE, Tn: Cokesbury UMC in Knoxville, TN has added to its already vital recovery ministry, preparing to launch a new ministry specifically for addicted mothers. Cokesbury UMC has been active in recovery ministry for over 10 years and has also helped establish recovery ministries in other communities, including efforts in Lebanon, VA and Ringgold, GA. […]

UMC Street View: FUMC of Glenwood Springs, CO goes green on the roof

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Co: Many UMCs, particularly ones that have been around for a while, encounter less than desirable structural situations when renovating or making repairs. The uninsulated sanctuary roof is a common issue, but at FUMC of Glenwood Springs they went to uncommon lengths to address the issue. Read more about that here. UMC Street […]

Aging Well: Take a hike! Bringing the generations together in the great outdoors.

Retired United Methodist minister Bob Hayes has a reason to smile. An eighth grade boy just called him one of the coolest men he’s ever met. It is an unlikely title given a man who is about to celebrate his 80th birthday. Actually though, it is not unusual for Bob to receive such accolades. He […]

Aging Well: Tiny church, huge heart

Step into the tiny Poetry United Methodist Church in rural northeast Texas on the first Wednesday of each month and at first glance you may think you’ve stumbled into Santa’s workshop. Sewing machines are humming. Joyful workers are chatting and laughing as they measure and cut, stuff and layer, pin and iron. But there are […]

Aging Well: The need for respite care

While scanning radio stations recently, I landed on a program that quickly caught my attention. A minister was talking about what it means to be a good steward of time. It got me to thinking specifically about how we choose to spend our second-half years when time is likely more plentiful than in our younger […]

the upper methosphere: Is Facebook wrecking your church page effectiveness?

…if you can. Methoblogger Wil Ranney recently posted about his growing beef with the effect that Facebook’s ever-shifting newsfeed algorithm has on churches (and other non-profit/for-profit entities) who are trying to communicate with their respective audiences. While acknowledging the beggars-can’t-be-choosers argument about complaining about a free service, he goes on to outline how it’s unlikely […]

Aging Well: Spiritual nourishment in older age

Not long ago I was doing some pre-spring cleaning and rediscovered the taped recordings of hours of conversation with my friend Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, for our book, My Story, My Song. My mind immediately drifted back to those afternoons of sitting with Lucimarian in her living room, […]

Aging Well: Helping aging boomers become sages

It’s probably an understatement to say that Eston Williams is fired up! The pastor of Aley United Methodist in Seven Points, Texas has 65 years of “life experiences,” as he likes to say, and has taken to social media, church conferences, phone calls and newsletters to try to change the way church leaders think about […]

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