From the President

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Servant Leadership: A Case in Point »

September 28, 2012

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CHHSM Vice President Bill Johnson’s ordination to the Christian ministry by the United Church of Christ. Bill was the first openly homosexual person to be ordained by a Christian denomination. Recently I was honored to participate in a celebration of the anniversary at Bill’s home congregation, Liberation UCC in Cleveland. I want to share some excerpts from my remarks at this event with the CHHSM community.

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Carrying the Movement Forward »

August 31, 2012

The theme of CHHSM’s 75th anniversary celebration is “CHHSM at 75: The Promise of Our Passion-Driven Movement." Our CHHSM forebears were German Evangelical pietists. For these practitioners of Diakonic Ministry, piety connoted a life committed to discerning the work of God as manifest in the signs of new creation (promise) before our eyes in the here and now, passionately participating in that work and hoping actively for the new earth where righteousness dwells.

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Remarks from the Inaugural Nollau Consecration »

July 31, 2012

Last September, when we gathered for the first Nollau retreat, I traced the roots of our gathering to 1817, when King Frederick Wilhelm III of Prussia merged the Reformed and Lutheran branches of German Protestantism into the Evangelical Church of the Prussian Union.

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ACA... Enlightenment? »

June 28, 2012

I’m sitting down to compose this column just after the announcement of the Supreme Court ruling upholding, I think, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This ruling will be parsed by lawyers, politicians and pundits for weeks to come.  It is conceivable that the weak enforcement provisions of the individual mandate and the ruling against the Medicaid provision will make the law a poor tool for achieving broader access to care while curbing cost. Time will tell.

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CHHSM 75: Promise of Our Passion-Driven Movement »

March 29, 2012

At our Annual Meeting closing dinner, the Rev. Richard Ellerbrake (see interview) kicked off a year of celebration and reflection as CHHSM prepares for its 75th Annual Meeting in March 2013.

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Living Into a New Way of Leading »

March 1, 2012

For the past two years, CHHSM has been living into a new way of leading that we call “Following the Energy." This is the practice of drawing out and naming the mysterious, eternal, meaning-making innovation that is the potential of every person, and connecting people in working communities that innovate exponentially.

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