Health & Healing

“Health & Healing Council” is now under the leadership of a steering team of registered nurses in partnership with Rev. Christopher Kurien , Dir. of Connectional Ministries and NancyJo Fielding, Exec. Dir. of Pension and Health Benefits. We covet your prayers and input in discerning best practices for offering our congregations information and initiatives to realize God’s intention for our wellness. 


Health and Healing Council


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Explanation of the GBGM Initiative:

Birthed from the success of “Imagine No Malaria”, the General Board of Global Ministries launched “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children” in 2016. Dr. Olusimbo Ige, executive director of the GBGM Global Health program, explains that this initiative seeks to “combine the work we have done overseas…and bring it back to the United States…thinking about people in our own communities who lack the healthy qualities of life they need to sustain themselves.”

Recognizing systemic change as essential for the health of us all, the “Abundant Health program seeks to engage at least 10,000 churches in the United States to develop support systems for treatment, education, and prevention in their surrounding communities…by promoting physical activities, encouraging healthy diet and nutrition, providing education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and promoting mental health education.” (Dr. Ige)

Our EPA Health & Healing Council

Our Vision: To be a vessel for promoting God’s intention of wellness for all people.

Our Mission: To serve as a resource and communication link to promote physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being in the churches of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and the communities which they serve.

Our Goal for 2017:  To support the GBGM 10,000 Church Challenge.  We seek ways to:

  • Develop a plan of activities and events to create awareness and engage churches in joining the challenge. Every church that signs up and implements activities will be designated as a Health Promoting Church and tagged on the UMC find-a-church search
  • Partner with churches that sign up for the challenge, identifying those in the conference that may need trainings and assistance in developing health ministries
  • Identify UMCs that are currently doing health promoting activities and highlight their work to share ideas and practices
  • Celebrate the 10,000 Church Challenge at our 2017 Annual Conference. Be a presence to delegates and laity, offering interactive opportunities to promote health, healing and wellness

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