The UCC Faith Community Nurse Network (formerly the Parish Nurse Network)
aims to promote health ministry through parish nursing in congregations and communities,
as the visible presence and voice of parish nurses in the United Church of Christ.
Full implementation of the resolution "Reclaiming the Church's Ministry of Health and Healing" adopted by the 21st General Synod of the UCC (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.
Goals of the UCC Faith Community Nurse Network
- 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.
Open and Affirming Covenant
UCC Wellness Ministry teams and Faith Community Nurses, taking scripture as our guide, understand that all individuals are created in God’s image and are blessed and loved equally by God.
Our mission is to inform and encourage the graceful engagement of ministries that enhance the physical, mental, and spiritual health of all God’s children. We recognize that every individual is blessed with gifts to share as well as desires that may be met within a mutually caring community.
Our activities within our ministries vary from setting to setting yet all provide for individuals of every race, ethnicity, creed, class, age, educational background, economic circumstance, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status; physical and mental ability to journey together in a mutually supportive manner towards wholistic spiritual, physical, and mental health.
Full members: Professional registered nurses, actively licensed, that serve (or are interested in serving) as a Faith Community Nurse (paid or non-paid) who are members of UCC congregations and/or who serve congregations of the UCC.
Associate members of the Network may include other health care professionals, clergy, Christian educators, and others interested in congregational health ministry and supporting the practice of faith community nursing.
- Updating the UCC Faith Community Nurse Network’s Manual on Faith Community Nursing
- Developing posts on the UCC Faith Community Nurse Network’s webpage
- Supporting Faith Community Nurses seeking Commissioning as Authorized Ministers in the UCC
- Supporting Faith Community Nurses seeking Board Certification as Faith Community Nurses from the American Nurse Credentialing Center
- Serving on the working groups that developed the current and previous editions of Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standard of Practice for the American Nurses Association and Health Ministries Association