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Love Mercy: An Act of Grace

    By Helena Epstein When I hear the words “love mercy,” my initial instinct is one of pride. Who doesn’t love Mercy? Mercy is shown in acts of heroism and reconciliation and restoration. It is quiet gestures of care and attention to friends or lovers, to chubby-faced children who can’t feed themselves. It is […]

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AppFaithHealth & Watauga Medical Center: God Is in the Details

            By Melanie Raskin Watauga County-based AppFaithHealth serves a diverse population that includes Appalachian State University, the town of Boone and mountain communities along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. But the diversity is more than just regional, says Melanie Childers, Director of Pastoral Care at Watauga Medical Center (pictured above). “While […]

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Health asset mapping for tough challenges in Forsyth County

  By Tom Peterson On a Friday morning in August, some three dozen people gather in a large meeting room at the Forsyth County health department in Winston-Salem. Down the halls are public clinics and offices for the staff who inspect restaurants, track diseases, or otherwise keep the public healthy and safe. The group is […]

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Randolph County: Discovering the Solutions

Above: Patient referral coordinator Angela Brown, left, discusses patient care strategies with FaithHealth navigator Helen Million of Randolph Health. By Melanie Raskin Helen Milleson, FaithHealth navigator, and Barry Morris, director of Spiritual Care and Community Integration for Randolph Health in Asheboro, were surprised. A pilot study in 2014 assessing super-utilizers of hospital services — those […]

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This Thursday, August 24 —Clergy Breakfast with Chris Gambill

    The State of the Church and Characteristics of Growing Congregations Thursday, August 24 from 9-10 am Hubbard Learning Center of the Sticht Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center A light breakfast will be served. Please R.S.V.P. by emailing Karen Kimbrell At the request of clergy who visit patients at our hospitals, FaithHealth is […]

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Three Baptist groups team up to improve rural health

  Three statewide Baptist organizations are taking a different approach by teaming up to combat some of the region’s health challenges Photo: Leland Kerr and Anita Holmes By Les Gura By nearly every economic measure — household income, employment, average wage — northeast North Carolina lags behind the rest of the state. Combine that with […]

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The Elephant Antidote, the hard conversations in congregations

  How to talk about difficult issues in congregational life   By Chris Gambill Earlier this year, we published a piece about how most congregations probably have at least one “elephant”—a salient issue that no one dares to talk about—in their sanctuary. Elephants remain ensconced because a prevailing myth that “talking about it makes things […]

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