Barb Powell

CHHSM Members and Partners Help Annual Gathering Move ‘Forward Together’ Via Sponsorships

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2022

Forward Together is the theme of CHHSM’s 2022 Annual Gathering, to be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky. Taking that theme to heart are a number of partners and CHHSM members who are stepping up this year to serve as sponsors of the event. One such organization is Ziegler, the Gathering’s Platinum sponsor for the…

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For Chicago-based UCAN, DEI is a Way of Living and Working

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2022

Increased awareness in societal racism due to recent racist-based killings has led many organizations to examine how best to work for an antiracist society. For example, CHHSM and many of its member agencies have developed and committed to new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies for just that goal. But at CHHSM member UCAN in…

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Bring the Message of Collective Care to Your Local Church on Health and Human Service Sunday

By Barb Powell | January 10, 2022

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ resources for UCC Health and Human Service Sunday, which takes place Jan. 30, is one way CHHSM members and friends can bring the message of serving leadership and collective care to their own local churches. Especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Health and Human Service Sunday can…

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Registration Opens this Week for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, to be held in March 2022

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 8-10, 2022 — opens this week. Watch your email for the official announcement. This year’s Annual Gathering marks the first time a CHHSM corporate gathering has taken place in person since the COVID-19 pandemic caused stay-at-home…

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Creation of RDEI Standing Committee, Commitment to Anti-Bias and RDEI Training Highlight CHHSM Board’s November Meeting

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

An increased commitment to Race, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (RDEI) marked the recent meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Board, held Nov. 15-17 in Chicago. The meeting was the first in-person and Zoom hybrid meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was held at three Chicago-area CHHSM member sites: UCAN on…

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Inaugural Fellowship Proving Fruitful for UCC Fellow Essence Ellis and Her UCC Colleagues

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

In her first six months as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)/Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) UCC Fellow, Essence Ellis has attended meetings, networked with a variety of UCC people across the denomination, worked with experts from various CHHSM member organizations, and found the time to author articles and resources for…

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Nollau To You Experience Energizes Park’s Edge Preschool’s Staff

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) staff team recently facilitated a two-part Nollau To You leadership training seminar for the teachers and administrators at UCC-related Park’s Edge Preschool in Hales Corners, Wis. The two half-day workshops, held April 23 and Nov. 5, took place via Zoom, with the November workshop building…

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Resources Now Online for UCC Health and Human Service Sunday Resources, Jan. 30

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries recently released resources for Health and Human Service Sunday, which takes place Jan. 30, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. The resources include liturgical elements and prayers written by the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, along with suggested readings for the…

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Pollard, Lanier Highlight List of Speakers and Preachers at CHHSM Annual Gathering Next March

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2021

The 84th Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries promises to be a meaningful and inspiring experience, as evidenced in the keynoters recently announced by CHHSM. The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary known for his thoughtful comments in the critically acclaimed PBS…

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Throughout Pandemic, Retirement Housing’s Project H.A.N.D.S. Volunteers Continue to Make a Difference in their Communities

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2021

The thousands of Project H.A.N.D.S. volunteers who live in Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) communities across the country haven’t let the pandemic get in the way of their good works. These vital groups have continued to make and distribute items to folks who need them throughout the pandemic, a tradition that is now 15 years old.…

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