CHHSM Advancing the Healing & Service Ministry of Jesus Christ

Meeting Highlights


77th Annual Meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

You don’t want to miss this year’s annual meeting. The information you’ll get from this event is limitless. We’ve planned:



Join the CHHSM community for two powerful keynote presentations from the Cleveland area as they share their expertise and experience in leading organizations through transformative change.

Governance in Times of Transition - Robert Eckardt, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Foundation

Transition and change are unavoidable and often a good thing – but how are we handling them? Robert will share his best practices for governance in time of transition. Following his address, join in the conversation with our panel of representatives from three other organizations.

Leadership: Positive Transformative ProcessH. Alexander (Alec) Pendleton, Chair, Cleveland Playhouse

Take advantage of the universal opportunities for nonprofits in times of growth and change. Alec will share his experience in leading an organization through a major and positive transformative process. Learn tips on how you can lead your organization through a successful transition.

Keep checking back for more information on the keynote addresses.


Sacred Conversations

Friday afternoon will provide opportunities for important, transformative, and sacred conversations led by CHHSM members:

Continuing Testament: CHHSM and the Church

This Conversation will focus on partnerships, relationships, communications, and shared resources with our UCC Churches, conferences, and national ministries. What can you do to strengthen these relationships? What can you do to share resources? What are you doing to educate church members about your shared mission through your services. How do you make sure your mission and your churches both gain from the relationship. If you do not have a relationship, where do you start? We want you to go back to your organization with new tools and ideas you can use to strengthen the bond for continuing to change lives together.

Extravagant Welcome: Open and Affirming in the CHHSM World

To be Open and Affirming (ONA) in the UCC, an intentional commitment affirmed by the General Synod in 1985, is to welcome and affirm into the life and leadership of our churches persons from the LGBTQ communities. As marriage equality becomes legal in more and more states, as transgendered people come out publicly, as younger persons develop even greater nuanced understanding of being “gender queer” or “fluent,” what are some of the implications for health and human service institutions that serve retiree, youth at risk, children, and adults who may self-identify as LGBTQ? How is an extravagant welcome extended?

Changing Lives: Tackling Racial Inequality within our Ministries

This session challenges us to look at social inequalities in our society; from education and health care to the judicial system and economic inequities, and how our ministries compare. Are we serving a diverse community? If not, why not? Does our senior leadership reflect individuals from different backgrounds? Who are our entry level employees? Who do we recruit to be on our board of directors? Is it possible for our ministries to incorporate tackling some of these societal ills into our work? The problems are vast, but will never be solved without the conversation.


Conversation Circles

A lot will be covered during the 77th CHHSM Annual Meeting, but what will it all mean for you? How can you take what you learned and experienced back to your organization? How do you keep the conversation going?

Join in informal conversations with other attendees to work out why it all matters on Saturday morning. Were you struck by the sacred conversations or by points in the keynote addresses? Discuss with others what you can do next in your organization. The CHHSM chaplains in attendance will also be able to gather at this time. See the schedule for the other conversation circles that will be offered.



We will kick off our Annual Meeting with a small opening worship service as we set the stage for our time together. We will gather again for worship in the Amistad Chapel Saturday afternoon when we will travel to the United Church of Christ Church House. This worship service will be the Installation service for CHHSM's new President and CEO Michael Readinger. UCC and CHHSM leaders will join us as we officially welcome Mike into his new role.


Retirement Celebration for Bryan Sickbert

Join us Friday night in celebrating Bryan Sickbert's 23 years of ministry as leader of CHHSM. Those who have known Bryan well throughout his career are organizing the dinner and program. The evening promises to be filled with great memories. This will be a separate ticketed event, not included in the registration cost.


If you have any questions please contact Danielle Bartz