Our Bold Vision

CHHSM President and CEO Michael J. Readinger greets delegates to General Synod.

Together, we create a just, caring and compassionate world.

To this end, the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is committed to being:

  • A nationally recognized leader in denomination-affiliated health and human services ministries.
  • An interactive network of leaders who collaborate, innovate and develop programs noted for integrity, quality, compassion and social transformation.
  • The resource of choice for United Church of Christ-affiliated organizations that would benefit from the leadership development and wide-ranging resources and collaboration CHHSM offers.
  • A strong advocate for a just, caring, and compassionate world, particularly in terms of health and human service policies and practice.
  • A trusted, safe, inclusive place that hosts ecumenical, interfaith and global organizations and leaders who share a passion for transforming health and human services.
  • A collective that leverages the sum of its members, so that each member benefits from being part of one of the largest health and human service ministries in the U.S.
  • The bridge between its members and the national church setting, transferring knowledge, capacity and resources, and using members’ skills to further the church’s mission.
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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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