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News from the Hill May 08, 2010 | back to index

Alzheimer’s program founded by Andover Newton student receives “Best Practices” award in Chicago

Jade Angelica

On March 15, 2010, Andover Newton Doctor of Ministry student Rev. Jade Angelica accepted an award for Best Practices in Adult Ministry on behalf of the Healing Moments Alzheimer’s Ministry, a program she founded as an Andover Newton student with support from the school and her denomination.


The award was presented at the 2010 Wingspread Conference in Chicago, sponsored by the National Council on Aging‘s Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA) and the American Society on Aging‘s Forum on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging (FoRSA). Dr. Frieda R. Butler, professor and coordinator, Gerontology Programs, at George Mason University, and Dr. Rita K. Chow, Senior Volunteer Fellow, National Council on Aging Interfaith Coalition on Aging, made the presentation.

With the encouragement of Andover Newton Professor Brita Gill-Austern and financial support from the Unitarian Universalist Funding panel and the Margarones Award for Community Ministry from Andover Newton, Rev. Angelica was able to develop The Healing Power of Yes!  Meeting the Mystery of Alzheimer’s, the program receiving the Wingspread award.

Rev. Angelica’s program is an experiential workshop designed for congregations to offer as a community service project for family caregivers, pastoral care teams, and religious professionals. Healing Moments trainers will be available starting in the Fall, 2010 to offer programs throughout the country. The program was partly inspired by Rev. Angelica’s experiences as primary caregiver to her own mother after she became ill with Alzheimer’s.


Rev. Jade Angelica received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from Harvard Divinity School in 1992, was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Community Minister in 1993, completed the Shalem Institute Spiritual Guidance Program in 2005, and is currently studying in the Doctor Ministry program at Andover Newton Theological School.  Rev. Angelica’s ministries include individual and group spiritual direction, and developing and facilitating programs for the Healing Moments(tm) Alzheimer’s Ministry, which she founded.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve the lives of older Americans.

Founded in 1954, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is an association of diverse, multidisciplinary individuals, including medical practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, dedicated to supporing the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. Its members are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.