UCC Faith Community Nurse Network
Full implementation of the resolution "Reclaiming the Church's Ministry of Health and Healing" adopted by the General Synod XXI (1997-Columbus).
To inform and engage UCC congregations in ministries of health and healing for the benefit of each congregation and the community it serves.
- Serve as a spiritual care resource to the leadership of the UCC by promoting and supporting activities of health, healing, and wholeness within our congregations and the communities served.
- Make available to all UCC FCNs information and opportunities for programming so that congregants learn how to become active health care consumers.
- Inform and engage congregations, associations, and conferences in facilitating individualized and distinct responses to the Resolution.
- Collaborate with the other health focused groups of the UCC National Office to create a synergic effort of information sharing for the benefit of all.
Professional registered nurses who serve (or are interested in serving) as parish nurses (paid or volunteer), who are UCC members, and/or who serve congregations of the UCC.
Past and ongoing activities
UCC PN Network had its earliest beginnings with 2 retreats for UCC parish nurses—1994 and 1995 (both in St. Louis) hosted jointly by the UCBHM/ AMA and the Deaconess Foundation.
Over at least the past 5 years, have informally gathered to network as the "UCC parish nurses" for a breakout session during the annual Westberg Parish Nurse Symposium in Chicago, hosted by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center of the Advocate Health Care System (a member of CHHSM).
As a working group of UCBHM, drafted and submitted the resolution, "Reclaiming the Church's Ministry of Health and Healing," adopted by General Synod XXI (1997—Columbus).
Have participated in CHHSM Convocations (1998 and 1999); on each occasion gathered as parish nurses for organizational meetings along with networking and fellowship.
Have hosted an informational booth (along with the UCC Physicians Network) at General Synod XXI (1997) and since XXII (1999) have hosted the Faith Community Nurse and Wellness Exhibit table with information, activities, and health screenings.
Have collaborated with the UCC Physician's Network to plan shared continuing education events in conjunction with the CHHSM Convocations.
Network members have been working with the Minister of Healthcare Justice to develop resources for congregational use, including parish nurse information packets and a "how-to" manual for congregational health ministry and parish nursing.
Members have shared information with many individuals seeking information on parish nursing in the UCC, referred by the Minister of Health and Welfare following a call to the national office in search of UCC parish nurses.