The word Credo means, I believe.

The Pension Boards United Church of Christ (UCC) launched the Credo program
in the UCC in 2015, following in the footsteps of the pension organizations of the
Episcopal and Presbyterian Churches, which have benefited from Credo for almost
20 years.

The Credo experience is anchored in a week-long seminar and includes a pre-seminar assessment and post-seminar resources so that participants can deepen their commitment to lifelong wellness. Credo is a holistic wellness benefit that offers clergy space and resources designed to provide opportunities to examine significant areas of their lives and discern prayerfully the future direction of their vocation as they respond to God’s call in a lifelong process of practice and transformation.

Participants will be challenged to develop specific plans to enhance their lives.

How does Credo define wellness? Credo concentrates on four interrelated dimensions of wellness:
Spiritual, Vocational, Financial, Psychological & Physical Health.

What happens at a Credo seminar? A holistic understanding of wellness is the cornerstone of the Credo process. Seminars include a carefully-crafted blend of learning opportunities and activities that support an experiential learning model. The design seeks to honor each person and recognizes that participants have different needs and learning styles.

As reported at our annual meeting, I will be attending Credo this fiscal year. The October 9-15 Credo in Pine Knoll Shores, NC has been cancelled due to damage at the Trinity Center. I will re-register for the
May 14-20 Credo in Richmond, VA. Let’s continue our support for the victims of Hurricane Florence.

I am grateful for the support of the Strategic Leadership Council and the Pastoral Relations Committee. I
ask for the prayers of the whole congregation as I attend this learning and retooling conference. The pre-seminar materials have already challenged me as I prepare.

Our Pension Boards UCC have made this opportunity possible. Not only do they cover the expenses of
lodging, food, and transportation, they have also given me a $500 scholarship to cover my registration fee.
Thus, having no fiscal impact on our already challenged budget. I am truly grateful that our Pension
Boards cares about our clergy and provide this financial support for a time to enhance my vocation.

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Keith Haithcock, Photo by Jennifer Summer

From the Corner
is written by the
Rev. Keith M. Haithcock,
Pastor & Teacher of
St. John United Church of Christ
0n the corner of
Fairfield and Ward Aves.,
Bellevue, KY