Welcome to the Faith & Finance in Action Podcast page where faith and finance intersect around topics of interest to you, our church, and our world. Through these podcasts, learn about the Pension Boards benefit plans, products, services, and values-driven initiatives from our staff, members, and partners; and connect with us in areas of importance to you.

Episode #6: "Advancing Healthcare Through Technology: Telemedicine"

According to the American Hospital Association, 76 percent of U.S. hospitals connect with patients and consulting practitioners through the use of video and other technology. The use of virtual care technology, which includes Telemedicine services, helps increase health care value and affordability – saving patients both time and money.

Tune into this new Faith & Finance in Action podcast, where the Pension Boards explores this growing trend with Frank Loiacono, PBUCC’s Director of Health Plan Operations and Health Representative Jennifer Markewitz. We will learn about the Telemedicine plan benefit being offered to UCC Health Plan participants effective 2020 and understand the value of these services today. Listen now.

Episode #5: "Is Your Current Debt Load Affecting Your Life and Ministry?"

The Pension Boards knows that UCC ministers living on a pastor’s salary and who carry substantial debt, can really become burdened as they work to serve others, while balancing their own life and ministry.

Tune into this episode of the Pension Boards Faith & Finance in Action Podcast where Ernst & Young’s, Dan Eck, Managing Director of EY Personal Finance, offers practical tips on how you can assess your financial situation, minimize and control your debt, and keep you from building debt in the future. Listen now.


Episode #4: "New Plan Offering in 2020: Plan HSA"

Plan HSA is a high-deductible health plan tied to a Health Savings Account. A Health Savings Account allows participants an opportunity to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to help pay for qualified medical expenses.

Tune into this Faith & Finance in Action podcast, as Pension Boards’ Health Services Representative Jennifer Markewitz explains how this new plan can benefit you.


Episode #3: "A Discussion about the Flexible Benefit Plan for UCC Ministries"

In this Faith & Finance in Action Podcast, listen in on a conversation with the Pension Boards’ Director of Health Plan Operations Frank Loiacono and Health Representative Jennifer Markewitz while they share the features and benefits of the Flexible Benefit Plan for UCC Ministries (also referred to as the Flexible Spending Account or “FSA”) for the 2020 plan year.


Episode #2: "The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross"

In this Faith & Finance in Action broadcast, the Pension Boards spotlights the importance of the Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross, and how this offering is tangibly impacting the lives of those we serve.


Episode #1: "Impact of Drug Pricing and Big Pharma"

This inaugural episode of the Faith & Finance in Action Podcast explores the impact of drug pricing and “big pharma” as seen through our corporate engagement with pharmaceutical companies and our UCC Health Plan, administered by the Pension Boards.