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Back-to-School and Wellness Event Offers Resources and Fun

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The South Chicago Neighborhood Network and numerous community partners, including Advocate Aurora Health, hosted a back-to-school and wellness event on Aug. 18, at Claretian Associates, 9108 S. Brandon Ave., Chicago. The event offered blood pressure screenings, one-on-one conversations with physicians, health presentations, social determinants of health screenings – and even musical entertainment, games, and a Read More

Participants’ eating habits – and health – have improved thanks to nutrition class at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Each session includes a meal, this week Linda Radder prepared tortilla soup. (Photo by Ana Martinez-Ortiz, WNOV The Voice)

  Since he began taking a nutrition class at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Henry Fuller has made positive changes in his lifestyle.  He eats more fresh fruits and vegetables, checks food labels, and eats healthier portion sizes. “Before, I didn’t really consider what I ate,” he said. “If it was something I liked, I ate Read More

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‘one of the hardest sermon series I’ve ever preached, but one of the most rewarding.’

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By Rev. Shane Moore, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Yakima, Washington Many times I have ideas for a sermon series but do not have the courage to preach the series.  For a whole host of reasons I talk myself out of the idea.  It could be due to not feeling knowledgeable enough on Read More

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Virtual clergy support group offers a safe space to ‘just be’

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For the past couple of years, faith leaders have found a safe space where they can gather to share their struggles, joys, and concerns. A virtual monthly clergy support group, sponsored by Advocate Aurora Health Faith and Health Partnerships, has provided faith leaders with fellowship, respite – and a place to ‘just be,’ says the Read More

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COVID-19: One Nurse as Patient’s Journey

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By: Mariann Hisel, Ed.D.; MSN; MBA; RNC-OB; RNC-EFM; LCCE Everyone on this earth has been affected by COVID-19. COVID-19 has changed the world. COVID-19 changed the world in how people interact with each other, how we treat science, how we respect public health, our political views, and our faith.  We have gone from “We are all Read More

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‘Music brings a community together’

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Listening to gospel music, drumming, playing in a praise band, chanting, singing hymns… Music plays a central role in the life of faith communities. Music does more than enhance the spiritual wellbeing of congregants, though. It also offers numerous health benefits. For example: Listening to music can inspire us to move and dance – activities that Read More

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Building connections:  ‘the heart of what we do’

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Since 2019, partners in the Avondale Faith and Health Collaborative have worked together to offer food, vaccines, masks, clothing, mental health support and other resources to help residents in the greater Avondale area live well. But the Collaborative does much more than that, says Amy McNicholas, Illinois manager of Faith and Health Partnerships, Advocate Aurora Read More

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‘A lifeline for so many’

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Maria looks forward to every other Thursday when she can attend Let’s Talk!, a support group for moms. “It’s something special I do for myself,” said Maria, a mother of two young children. “I always make time for it.” Maria, like other participants, have benefitted from Let’s Talk!, a bi-weekly virtual group sponsored by Advocate Read More

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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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