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The Oasis provides nourishment for body and soul

The Oasis provides nourishment for body and soul

In 2010, the congregation of Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ worshipped in a historic building, located in the Logan Square community of Chicago…until a steam boiler pipe burst and damaged the building beyond affordable repair.  So, in 2011, the congregation boldly moved forward in disassembling the building and opening the space for God to Read More

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A Passion to Reverse the Statistics

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Did you know that Wisconsin has the nation’s highest rate of deadly falls among older adults? In 2019, 1,672 Wisconsinites age 65+ died from fall-related injuries. Among them: 234 in Milwaukee County. Nationwide, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among adults age 65 and older, and the age-adjusted fall death rate is increasing, Read More

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How Faith Community Nurses Can Empower Congregants in Preventing Stroke

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By Rebecca Eberhardt, Quality Coordinator, Sr., Sepsis and Stroke, Advocate Aurora Health At Advocate Aurora Health, our mission is to help people live well. How can we apply this to stroke prevention in our faith communities? Nutrition Transportation or mobility issues can impact congregants’ food choices, especially if they do not live near a supermarket. Read More

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Faith communities: a natural setting for suicide prevention

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Faith communities can provide a natural setting for suicide prevention. In fact, one of the protective factors against suicide is religiosity and a connection to a faith community, says  Dr. Munther Barakat, director of behavioral health at Aurora Behavioral Health Center in Wauwatosa, Wis. “Faith communities can provide a sense of belonging and a source Read More

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Accompanying survivors of suicide on their healing journey

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Many of us probably know someone who has been impacted by suicide. According to the CDC, every individual who dies by suicide leaves behind an estimated six or more close family members, friends, and other loved ones.  In 2019, for example, more than 45,000 Americans died by suicide. That means at least 270,000 people lost Read More

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We all can make a difference

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Dr. Tonja Williams has had a passion for working with individuals with disabilities, their caretakers and community for nearly 30 years. In fact, she always keeps a pen and paper handy at her bedside to jot down ideas on how she can best serve her clients. “Oftentimes I’m awakened with different thoughts: ‘How could I Read More

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At the Intersection of Jubilation and Lament

At the Intersection of Jubilation and Lament

By: Lori Kaufmann, chaplain educator with Advocate Aurora Health In one sense with everything reopening and people enjoying reconnecting and doing some of the things they haven’t been able to do…it has felt a bit jubilant. Yet during the months of COVID, there has been a great deal of loss. The question we face now Read More

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What is it like to be a Muslim Faith Community Nurse in a Mosque Community?

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by Nancy Romanchek BSN, RN, CHPN, MPH My favorite description of Islam is as a clear, racing river which flows through many countries, taking on the color of the stones beneath the surface as it goes. Being a part of this racing, ebbing, everchanging flowing stream of living water is exactly what it is like, Read More

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‘…something much needed for the community.’

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  Thanks to an outpouring of love and support from community members, 800 women at risk for isolation received a special card on Mother’s Day. The Southland Gratitude Room Mother’s Day Card Project, established by Patricia Jackson, Community Health Worker with Advocate Aurora Health, exceeded expectations, with organizers receiving more cards than anticipated. “We wanted Read More

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Advance Care Planning: A Call to Action for Faith Communities

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By Ashley Whitaker and Alyson Capp Advance Care Planning helps individuals think intentionally about their beliefs and what gives their life meaning and beauty. Faith and spirituality are often such sources of meaning for our lives. The process of Advance Care Planning helps us articulate what is most important and provides a firm foundation for Read More

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A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.