Practicing Resurrection in the Medicare Years

By Rev. Bruce G. Epperly, Ph.D.

One of my favorite Easter poems is Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto: Mad Farmer Liberation Front,” in which Berry counsels us to “practice resurrection.” Though written when Berry was in his thirties, this speaks to those of us in the Medicare generation, including “retired” or “flexibly employed,” as I describe myself, pastors, and church workers.

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A Maui Recovery Update

Undoubtedly 2023 was a year of extreme weather events across the U.S.

The governor of Hawai’i, Josh Green, stated in a news report that the wildfires were the "worst natural disaster that Hawaii ever faced." He blamed the deadly blazes on a combination of weather conditions, linking them to climate change.

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Cybercrime Happens Way More Than You Think!

Consider the following facts:

The University of Maryland found that there is an average of 2,244 cyberattacks per day, which is one every 36 seconds.

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) reported that small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) are being targeted at an increased rate.

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For better well-being, define success for yourself

Being successful in a way that makes you feel fulfilled and in tune with your true self may not match your friends’, coworkers’, families, or even society’s definition of success. If you’re feeling stuck and misplaced, it may be time to redefine what success truly means to you. This will help you focus on the right goals that match your values and passions, creating a renewed sense of well-being. Follow these tips:

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Removing Nostalgia to Unite the Church of Today

FOREWORD

I am a sentimental fool. The nostalgia of my past happily haunts me today. At 55 years old, I’m a member of the last group of folks who rode a bike with a bag full of newspapers bouncing off the front wheel. I still have my old red paper bike and the Rocky Mountain News bag hanging in my garage. The old bike is now a cruiser; I ride it around my neighborhood in Denver on warm days. It’s the same neighborhood I rode through delivering the newspaper over forty years ago. Every ride is a sentimental journey.

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Building Puerto Rico and its Church Leaders

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Over the years, the churches in Puerto Rico have centered upon operating more introspectively—looking within to invoke spiritual connection and a deeper relationship with God, and that is good. But equally important is that the church respond to situations that arise in their communities and connect more with our people to address existing justice and peace issues.

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Developing Close Relationships with Two Communities

My role as Benefit Consultant supports the Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR) and Ryder Hospital employees. The role allows me to serve as a liaison between the Pension Boards and Puerto Rico, providing updates and communications on key topics. I consult with current and potential members or employers to facilitate their registration and plan participation process. By doing so, I become aware of the needs of our members in Puerto Rico, and help identify areas of opportunity to improve our member experience. The best way to help our members is to be intentional about listening to their needs, and for our actions to reflect the value they hold for us.

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Advancing with Hope

Ángel E. Cepeda Velázquez, a Trustee of the Pension Boards, and head of Accounting and Administration for Iglesia Evangélica Unida de Puerto Rico (IEUPR), shares how the Pension Boards and IEUPR are working together to service the financial well-being of its pastors.

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