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Contribute to CHHSM’s Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday and Help Cultivate Current and Future Church and Community Leaders

By Barb Powell | November 21, 2022

Friends and members of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) have a unique opportunity Tuesday, Nov. 29, as the world celebrates the power of generosity on Giving Tuesday. Contributions to CHHSM’s Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday — and the other 364 days of the year — help support leadership formation through…

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Dr. Ben Sanders III to Deliver Opening Keynote at CHHSM Annual Gathering in March 2023

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) announced today (Nov. 11) that Dr. Ben Sanders III will deliver the opening keynote address during its 85th Annual Gathering, to be held March 7-9, 2023, in Denver. Sanders currently serves as director of race and social justice trainings and strategies in the Mayor’s Office…

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Nollau Class Examines Courageous Cultures in Organizations During Second Retreat

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

The current class of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute held its second retreat Oct. 24-28 at Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, Wis. While the first retreat in June focused on personal leadership growth and experiences, this time, participants delved into organizational awareness and the ecosystem in which leadership exists. “Our workshops and exercises brought…

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United Church Homes Parker Center Symposium Examines Ethical, Spiritual Issues of Developing Tech

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

More than 125 individuals gathered both in-person or virtually for the United Church Homes (UCH) Seventh Annual Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging Symposium, held Sept. 30 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.  This year’s event, “(Pro) Longevity: The Convergence of Ethics, Technology and Spirituality” featured keynote addresses by…

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Requests for Workshop Proposals Being Accepted for CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2022

The 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries takes place March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver. The theme for the gathering is “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” and uses Isaiah 40:4-5 as its inspiration: “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill…

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Makerspace Gives Students at Crossroad Room to Create

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

The staff at Crossroad Academy, part of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., knew they were on to something after the school became a project-based learning New Tech Academy during the pandemic. The response from the youth to the shift toward experiential learning was positive, and students and teachers continue to be…

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‘Collaborating to Flourish’ Retreat Creates Renewal, Reflection in Participants

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

In a time that often feels splintered — from COVID, from ideological divides — clergy and lay leaders of the UCC’s Heartland Conference recently were able to pause and examine how deeper connections, conversations, and collective action might be more effectively accomplished. “Collaborating to Flourish,” a one-day leadership retreat offered Aug. 29 by the UCC…

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After Pandemic-Induced Hiatus, Deaconess Foundation CDF Freedom Schools Return to St. Louis

By Barb Powell | October 11, 2022

After a two-year hiatus caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis welcomed back students to its Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools, held this past summer. The seven-week enrichment program took place at four locations throughout the Greater St. Louis area: Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo.; Peace UCC in…

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Hoyleton Pilot Program Succeeds in Helping Youth Transition Out of Foster Care

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2022

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth aging out of the foster system. Clients at Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., have access to the LifeSet pilot program at Hoyleton — a hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare…

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The Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson Named One of Five AARP 2023 Purpose Prize Winners

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

The Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, president and CEO of MOLO Village, CDC (Community Development Corporation) and senior pastor of St. Peter’s UCC — both in Louisville, Ky. — has been named one of AARP’s 2023 Purpose Prize Award recipients. The one-of-a-kind national award honors people aged 50 and older who have proven that they are…

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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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