Presidents Message

President’s Message May 2020

STAY THE COURSE AND FIND NEW COURSES Friends, I pray this HMA Today reaches you in good health and good spirits as you offer your vital health ministry in the continuing global pandemic that’s touching each of us locally and individually.  Your presence and guidance grounded in faith, helping to ground those you serve in [...]

President’s Message May 20202020-05-13T11:13:44-04:00

President’s Message March 2020

Uncertain Times When I went to my local hardware store the other day, a hand-written sign on the entrance door announced, “We’re sold out of masks.  Sorry for the inconvenience.”  As I checked out with my item, the store manager said that customers had bought out the masks for fear of the coronavirus.  Now, construction [...]

President’s Message March 20202020-05-13T11:05:54-04:00

President’s Message January 2020

New Year Every morning after I get out of bed and feed the cats who are clamoring for breakfast, I step outside.  Whatever the conditions—cold, warm, dark, sunny, cloudy, rainy, clear—a few moments out in the new morning wakes my mind and centers my spirit.  The Sun is still burning, the Earth is still turning, [...]

President’s Message January 20202020-01-09T09:31:21-05:00

President’s Message – November 2019

“Faith Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities”, HMA’s 30th anniversary conference and celebration, is a happy memory.  What an uplifting gathering of learning from each other and from guest speakers, of good food and fellowship, of singing and dancing (yes, there was a conga line jiving during the gala evening!), of prayer and meditation, of [...]

President’s Message – November 20192019-11-06T10:03:31-05:00

Presidents Message – August 2019

Not so long ago I was writing a special letter to and on behalf of Health Ministries Association, expressing sorrow and encouragement after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. I’m compelled t‌oday to write another such letter, moved by grief, pain, and yes, anger. We have witnessed, or experienced, [...]

Presidents Message – August 20192019-08-09T17:17:32-04:00

Presidents Message –May/June 2019 HMA Today

The work we do in our health ministries, wherever we offer them, is rooted in relationships.  We connect with people whom we serve and help them connect their faith and their health. As we share information to help people make healthy choices, as we refer people to resources that can support their health, as we [...]

Presidents Message –May/June 2019 HMA Today2019-06-20T09:30:08-04:00

Presidents Message March/April 2019 HMA Today

LIFE - AFFIRMING CONVERSATIONS Life is an astounding gift! Have you marveled at a sunset lately? Or been amazed that the sun still burns, giving us light and heat and energy? Or been wrapped in the arms of a loved one?  Or felt your spirit soar with magnificent music? Or given thanks for/to all who make [...]

Presidents Message March/April 2019 HMA Today2019-06-20T09:30:48-04:00

President’s Message – Jan/Feb 2019 HMA Today

SEASON OF DARKNESS, SEASON OF LIFE As I write this column, the year’s longest night is approaching.  In a couple of days, the tilt of Earth’s axis as the planet rotates will turn the northern hemisphere its furthest distance from the Sun.  The hours of darkness outnumber the hours of daylight on this midwinter day. [...]

President’s Message – Jan/Feb 2019 HMA Today2019-01-07T09:36:47-05:00

President’s Message – July/Aug HMA Today

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. -Martin Luther King Jr. I’m in love with my job. As I sit at my desk this beautiful summer morning in the Midwest, I am smiling, and [...]

President’s Message – July/Aug HMA Today2018-07-09T09:08:47-04:00

President’s Message: Jan/Feb 2018

“There isn’t time – so brief is life – for bickerings, apologies, callings to account.  There is only time for loving - & but an instant, so to speak, for that.”       -  Mark Twain   It is that time of the year again, time for New Year resolutions.  People are indulging in retrospection [...]

President’s Message: Jan/Feb 20182018-01-08T13:44:58-05:00