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.


Battlefield Paradox »

November 30, 2012

Advent, the season of expectation and hope, is a time when God’s announcement: Be not afraid, for behold I bring you news of great joy… gives us courage to turn away from falsehood and fear and embrace truth and love.


Where is Our Movement Now? »

October 31, 2012

In the modern era, our CHHSM ministries are challenged by an identity dilemma born from our nation’s ideological quagmire concerning how to structure and pay for the delivery of health and human services.


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.