From the President


Included, Indeed! »

May 30, 2013

In less than a month, the 29th biennial General Synod of the United Church of Christ will convene in Long Beach, Calif. Much of this issue of Diakonie is devoted to sharing the ways in which CHHSM will be present at the Synod. Because this is CHHSM’s 75th anniversary year, we are making a special effort to the tell the CHHSM story to some 700 delegates and more than 2,000 visitors who will attend.


Who Exactly Do You Work For Now? »

April 29, 2013

“Who exactly do you work for now?” That is a question I have gotten a lot in the last four months. Friends and family, trying to keep tabs on me and my ministry, want to make sure what I am doing is meaningful and something which brings me joy. I assure them I could not be happier serving some of the most amazing ministries I have ever encountered.


The Party's Over »

March 29, 2013

After months of planning on the part of the CHHSM staff, board and the 75th anniversary committee, CHHSM’s 75th birthday celebration is over. To be honest, I had been looking forward to the conclusion of this event. It seemed that I had very few moments when the details of our 75th anniversary gathering were not dominating my thoughts. I wanted to get it behind me.


Remembering »

February 27, 2013

In the Nollau Institute, we use a self-assessment tool called the Clifton Strengths Finder. Strengths Finder uses 34 themes or areas of intrinsic strength and, through an online instrument, identifies a person’s top five strengths. My number-two strength is that I am quite futuristic, meaning that I am inspired by the future and what could be. I spend a great deal of mental energy envisioning possibilities. Sounds great; just what you want in a leader. But every strength has a shadow side.


Blessings From Our Church »

January 30, 2013

In the Christian liturgical calendar, Jan. 27 was the third Sunday after Epiphany. In the United Church of Christ, it was also designated as Health and Human Services Sunday. The service that provides bulletin covers for UCC congregations across the country contained a brief reflection on the Gospel lectionary, Luke 4:14-21, and a blessing for CHHSM ministries composed by UCC staff writer Al Jones.


Elusive Rejoicing »

December 21, 2012

It is Dec. 20 as I write this, and tomorrow the world will end or 12 days hence we will welcome a new year. In the former case, writing this column is the act of a fool. In the latter, it is an act of faith.