UCC Faith Community Nurse Network
Health and wholeness of body, mind, and spirit and social justice for all God's children, compelled by Christ's healing acts of compassion, love, and grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
The UCC Faith Community Nurse Network, formerly the Parish Nurse Network, aims to promote health ministry and parish nursing in congregations and communities, as the visible presence and voice of parish nurses in the United Church of Christ.
To provide support for congregational health ministers and parish nurses in the UCC by facilitating networking between individuals and/or congregations for collaboration and peer consult by working with the UCC national office to maintain a mailing list or directory.
To collaborate with the UCC national office to provide additional opportunities for networking, including continuing education events and/or spiritual renewal retreats, possibly in conjunction with other groups interested in issues relating to integration of faith and health such as the UCC Physicians' Network.
To consult with the UCC national office to develop and make available information and resources to assist UCC congregations and institutions in starting and developing congregational health ministries and parish nurse programs.
To represent congregational health ministry and parish nursing within the UCC denomination at wider church gatherings (such as General Synod, CHHSM Convocation, conference, and association gatherings) through activities such as informational booths, the offering of health screenings or workshops to promote wholeness, etc. or to advocate for the church to respond to health issues (including public policy) from a faith perspective that understands health and wellness as a vision of God's intended shalom.
To act as the bridge between the nursing profession, parish nursing within other faith communities, and the United Church of Christ, promoting dialogue and serving as consultants to address issues concerning professional nursing standards of practice and denomination expectations of parish nursing as a specialized area of ministry.
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.
Opportunities to Engage
Health Ministry Survey
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The Faith Community Nurse Leadership Team of the UCC would like to learn more about your health ministry and also how we might be of support to you and your congregation. We have compiled a brief survey to assess the breath and diversity of our collective ministries. We hope this will be a useful resource for connecting with others within the UCC, and gaining insight into what you are doing within your congregation. We urge you to take a few minutes to complete this brief on-line survey and return it to us. When the results are completed, you will receive a final report of the FCN Network.
Take the survey now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ucchealthministry
General Synod 29 – Volunteer Exhibit Booth Sign-Up
General Synod is in Long Beach, CA this year and it's going to be so much fun! This year we have a number of volunteer opportunities through our UCC Faith Community Nurse and Health Ministry booth. Our contributions will focus on the theme “Mindful and Faithful Eating,” as well as physical fitness through the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign.
Volunteers are urgently needed to serve several shifts at the Faith Community Nurse and Health Ministries’ Booth in the Exhibit Hall. If you have skills in the area of physical fitness and want to lead a 20 minute activity we need your help! Skills at every level are needed to:
2. Help take blood pressure (if you are certified to do this)
3. Take hip to waist ratios (you don’t need to be a health professional to do this. We’ll show you how!)
4. Take BMI
5. Sign up to lead a 20 minute group demonstrations in the Exhibit Hall on: * Tai-Chi * Zumba * Salsa * Other kinds of dance movement * Yoga *Aerobics * African Dancing * Monitor Hoola Hooping and Jump Rope * Chair exercise * Walking * Chair Message
6. Other movement or activity that you would like to demonstrate/teach
Check our our activity sign-up times and booth sign-up times. If you would like to volunteer, please contact my colleague Ferne Clements at (216) 736-3725 or via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.