May Community Plate Recipient: Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy (IFPHA)

The Institute for Preventive Healthcare and Advocacy’s (IFPHA) mission is to promote optimum health by addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH) and the inequities in access to affordable healthcare.

IPHA is committed to creating inclusive environments, be continuous learners, and work alongside others to cultivate equity, diversity, inclusion, and unlearn destructive patterns from our historical past.

IFPHA brings health education, addresses preventable diseases, and manages chronic illnesses.  Our community nurses’ impact has been addressing the SDOH.  Your donation will support and expand:

  • Providing transportation to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store.
  • Partnering with MAHEC to provide psychiatric residents for “door to door” visits.
  • Providing healthy fresh fruit and vegetables and health education.
  • Providing cleaning services to prevent evictions.
  • Addressing clients’ needs and if there is no referral available, IFPHA will find funding to address the issue in “real time,” while we are looking for a long-term solution.

To learn more about how IFPHA is “addressing the incredible issue of inequities and access to healthcare and vital resources, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” as shared by Kathey Avery, Founder & Co-Chair of IFPHA, go to:


Flower Power Was a Great Success

Thanks to Chief Organizer Marta Reese and her planning team of Margaret McAlister and Connie Silver, upwards of 100 UUCAers gathered in person to join in on a Flower Communion and generally just enjoy the whole in-person thing.  Beautiful weather, Maria’s food truck, HOP ice cream, many flower-arrangers and slime-makers–it could not have been better!

Table showing vases of flowers at a church event

Minister casually dressed speaking at microphone outside church

Masked woman holding flower

Replacing Me with We

Sunday, May 30, 2021  
Rev. Dr. Neal Jones, Guest Minister
The insurrection at our Capital on January 6 was a graphic reminder of the fragility of democracy, even American democracy. But the threat runs deeper and politics and ideology. It is spiritual. It’s the inability to put the common good before self-interest. 

Rev. Dr. Neal Jones is a psychologist at the Pisgah Institute in Asheville. He came here after serving five congregations in North and South Carolina and in Texas, most recently Main Line Unitarian near Philadelphia, PA, and the UU Congregation of Columbia SC. He also serves as the chair of the national board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church & State.



Faith Development Celebration

Sunday, May 23, 2021  
Rev. Claudia Jimenez, Minister of Faith Development
Join us for a multigenerational celebration of the ministry of Faith Development at UUCA.