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<h1><a href="/blog/updates">Updates!</a></h1>

Whew, it's hard to believe it's already 2013! We have a lot going on right now and I wanted to quickly gather a lot of this information in one place. Here it goes:

  1. Conference:  We are putting the finishing touches on the conference now! We have a few details left, but the brochures should be available for download and mailing next week. Registration should be open by January 11 also! Stay tuned!
  2. NEHM Office closed January 12-28: This is an exciting development, as I will be taking my first proper vacation in many years. I'm very pleased to report that my wife and I are joining others from St. Paul's in Indianapolis to do some work in Kenya. St. Paul's has developed significant parishioner relationships there through the Bridge to Kenya program and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this ministry. You can follow a daily blog about our adventures and learn more about the work we are doing at http://abridgetokenya.com.

    While the office will be officially closed, our office volunteer Rachel Fox will be checking in and handling some requests. Most things, however, will be put on hold until my return.
  3. Website Improvements: While I'm in Kenya, our web designers will be working on refreshing the NEHM website. While many of the changes will be behind the scenes improvements, one significant change will be coming: a redesign of the Resources section! We will be completely reorganizing how resources are tagged, searched and categorized. I think you are going to love it. The process should be done shortly after I return on the 28th!
  4. Return of monthly Health Hints! I'm thrilled to announce that we are again publishing monthly health hints to provide you with additional ideas for your ministry. Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter to receive them!

I'm looking forward to returning from Africa refreshed and with many new ideas for our ministries. I hope you all had a safe and wonderful new year's celebration. Here's to a terrific 2013!

Matthew Ellis
CEO, National Episcopal Health Ministries

 *Photo: Bridge to Kenya organizer Steve Irmscher on a recent trip.

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<h1><a href="/blog/comfort-and-joy-merry-christmas">Comfort and Joy: Merry Christmas!</a></h1>

Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.

“Discover the love of God poured into our world in human form.”

In her 2012 Christmas message, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori invites us to find comfort and joy in the Lord: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. - Isaiah 9:2

Jubilee Ministry Grants Awarded for Episcopal Church Programs and Mission Work

Sixty-seven Jubilee Ministry grants in 35 dioceses have been awarded in 2012 by The Episcopal Church to support mission and ministry. Health and nutrition are a major outreach category; see the ministries that are being empowered.

Healing Together: Social Networks and Your Health

‘Tis the season to rejoice in friends and family; we help each other physically, emotionally and spiritually in ways that are tangible and in ways not easily understood. Aline Potvin, ND, discusses the power of social networks in her blog, providing a context for understanding and honoring our relationships.

Holiday Stress and Diminishing Depression

The holidays can bring on a touch of the blues to more intense feelings of depression. Author Connie Gayhl Knudson lays out an effective strategy to help you move forward. The one thing that could be emphasized is the need for daily exercise: it boosts serotonin and dopamine levels dramatically and helps you feel better quickly.

Follow Weight Watchers for Food and Fitness Guidance During the Holidays

The Weight Watchers website is a great resource for recipes and advice for people who are embracing a healthier lifestyle. Find out how WW advises to Fit in Fitness at Christmas and choose one or more recipes from a three course Christmas dinner.

Have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!


Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.

*Photo by patsw

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<h1><a href="/blog/gun-violence">Newtown, CT: Resources for Congregations</a></h1>

Resources for Discussion: Gun Violence Prevention

From The Episcopal Church:
Deal mercifully, dear Lord, with those who are so broken that violence is the only answer they see.
We who wait for the Prince of Peace offer our prayers for the victims of violence everywhere.

(Adapted from Episcopal Peace Fellowship, “Gift of Shalom,”)
Gracious God,

Inspire us with the hope in the gift of shalom the gift of wholeness and the promise of your presence. Give us wisdom to seek nonviolence as an answer to the violence of our lives and world.

Give us courage to seek wholeness in a fractured and divided world, to find reconciliation rather than revenge, to
abandon the instruments of violence and death and entrust our lives, our homes and our families to you.

May your presence fill us and others with the thirst for unity, wholeness, and the desire to see all people valued as created in your image. My we and other receive your shalom, that we might be faithful instruments of your love.

Blessed be your name forever.

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<h1><a href="/blog/rest-in-peace-tom-barnes">Rest in Peace: Tom Barnes</a></h1>

Dear friends,

In my travels, I regularly talk with many who remain interested in the life of Jean Denton. Many of you know her husband, Tom Barnes, and ask about him often. It is with great sadness that I inform you that Tom passed away this weekend. The announcement from St. Paul's is below, as is the link to his obituary.

Jean has been a dear friend and a wonderful support to me. My heart grieves for her and her family during this difficult time. Of course, Jean and Tom are remembered in our prayers. I know many of you would want to know of Tom's passing and it is for this reason that I have written today.

If you have Jean's home address, please feel free to drop her a note directly. I am told at this time that a written note is the best way to let her know you are thinking of her. If you do not have her home address already, you may send correspondence to the NEHM office at 6050 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Please mark it Attn: Jean Denton and I will be sure she receives it.


Matthew Ellis

From St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis:

Thomas Carl Barnes b. April 11, 1944
d. December 8, 2012

Tom Barnes, 68, died of complications of Alzheimer's, a disease he suffered for 13 years.

A service celebrating Tom's life will be held at St. Paul's (Indianapolis) on Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. A reception and visitation follow in the Lilly Room.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity (1011 E. 22nd Street, Indianapolis 46202), Joy's House (2820 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis 46220) or a disaster relief agency of your choice.

Click here to read Tom's obituary.


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<h1><a href="/blog/december-1-is-world-aids-day">December 1 is World AIDS Day</a></h1>

NEHM is proud to be a partner of the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of including HIV and AIDS information in our health ministries. 

Resources from National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC):

Other Resources for World AIDS Day