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How Can We Be Together While Distancing Physically?

March 24th, 2020

How are COVID-19 restrictions affecting you?

One of my friends remarked on LinkedIn that she is really in need of a visit—even through the screen door. Though she is working from home and has exhausted a list of household to-dos (even trimming her bushes), she is feeling isolated...

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Combatting Loneliness

November 1st, 2018

A big part of UCOM’s mission is “building community”.

“Loneliness won’t just make you miserable — it will kill you,” says Dr. Jeremy Nobel, founder of the UnLonely...

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What Does Your Garden Grow? Community.

July 23rd, 2018

This summer has been unkind to grass. The usually lush grass in Marquette Park in Wyoming, MI, is brown and yellow. The greenest spot in the park is UCOM/Metro Health/Wyoming Parks and Recreation’s community garden. Eleven 16-square foot garden plots are brimming with greenery. Tomatoes,...

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Building the beloved community

January 1st, 2018

The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke of the beloved community—a community where all are welcome and where human dignity and worth are the main criteria.

The beloved community is a place where everyone is valued and every gift appreciated. Not only are differences...

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Welcome Home to UCOM

July 27th, 2016

Guest Blog by BettyBeth Johns

Recently a woman who did not speak English entered the food pantry at UCOM and quietly had a seat in the reception area. She was warmly greeted by staff and she smiled but did not sign in or indicate what she wanted....

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Lenten Reflection: Involvement in the Beloved Community

February 19th, 2016

Who gets left out of the beloved community?

“God bless me and my wife, my son John and his wife, us four, no more. Amen.” It’s funnier if you haven’t heard it sincerely prayed.

A few are more generous to offer space in their circles. Their mantra could be,...

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Lenten Reflection: Building the Beloved Community

February 11th, 2016

What are you “taking on” for Lent?

Sometimes during the church season of Lent, Christians and other spiritually connected people contemplate the sins, temptations and distractions that turn us from God.  This Lenten season which began with...

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Thoughts on Toxic Charity by Robert Lupton: Part 4

May 12th, 2014

Part 4 in a 4 part series

In my first couple of posts in this series I wrote about 10 principles of Lupton’s book Toxic Charity with which I agree. In Part 3 I wrote of the broad statements that seem to me to go too far. Here are a...

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