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From The Branches Blog

Personal endurance training for the ‘caregiving marathon’

guest post by Evelyn Weaver, Ed.D.

The responsibility to be a caregiver comes to most of us as a surprise, like an unwanted task that presents itself in our “to do” box.

This was my situation when my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We had just moved away from family and friends to a new home in the Texas countryside where we planned to spend our retirement years. All of a sudden the future looked bleak and very frightening. As a teacher, I began to research everything I could find about this disease. I …



Even the NFL is talking about Domestic Violence. Is your church?

guest post by Martha E. Banks, Ph.D.

With all of the excitement and money that swirls around the Super Bowl each year, football fans gather to watch the games – and the commercials.  In 2015 and 2016, the NFL surprised fans with public service ads about domestic violence.  This followed considerable media coverage of football players and other athletes who were abusive of their wives and girlfriends.

Many Christian football fans watch the Super Bowl after attending church, perhaps after participating in a UMW Souper Bowl event to support UMW initiatives — …