University Lutheran Clemson Starts Wellness Ministry
By Patrick M Morgan
Three members of University Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry Clemson (UniLu) have received training as Congregational Health Promoters as part of the Abundant Living affiliate of Baptist Easley Hospital in Pickens, South Carolina. Lena Jones RN, Linda Morgan RN, and Pat Morgan coordinated a covenant between UniLu and the Abundant Living team to “promote the whole person health of their members through improved access to health information and preventive care.
Abundant Living (AL) is a hospital-supported, church-based wellness program, an outgrowth of the work of Lutheran pastor and educator Grainger Westburg, founder of the Faith Community Nursing project. Congregations supported by the Abundant Living team receive educational materials and other support as needed/requested. The Wellness Team distributed an AL bulletin insert this month with information keyed to America Heart Month, observed across the country each year in February. Additional classes and events, provided by Abundant Living, will be provided to our members as the program grows.
In order to determine the needs of the UniLu congregation and Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM), the Wellness Team distributed health assessment questionnaires prior to our worship service on Sunday, Jan 19. Separate questionnaires were provided to adult and young adult/student members. The results of the survey will be tabulated by the Abundant Living office and our congregational programs will be tailored to meet those needs/concerns.
During Lent the Wellness Ministry will encourage our members to participate in a 40-day Spiritual Water Challenge. Volunteers will be asked to prayerfully consider which of their favorite unhealthy drinks they will give up for the entirety of the challenge, and replace it with water. Participants will be given a guide containing a weekly devotion, verse for meditation, health information, and space for logging daily water servings and personal journaling.
Patrick M Morgan is a Synod Communicator from University Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry Clemson. To learn more about how your congregation may have a Synod Communicator to share your stories, contact Neal Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.