Barb Powell

Registration is Open for the 2021 CHHSM 83rd Annual Gathering, to be Held Virtually and Free of Charge

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, opens today and is free for all who wish to attend. In lieu of a fee, registrants will have the option to help support the work of CHHSM in leadership formation and racial equity and inclusion. “Due to the extraordinary circumstances this year,…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Sponsors Step Up to Help Support Once-in-a-Lifetime Free Event

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, promises to be an interactive, informative, and inspirational three days, thanks to participants, presenters, and the host of event sponsors who are helping to make the Gathering a success. The sponsors are helping to make it possible, in lieu of a registration fee, for attendees…

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Ministry and Dementia: United Church Homes to Offer Three-Part Series in February

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging of United Church Homes is offering its annual Wisdom Conversations series on Ministry and Dementia, Feb. 2, 9, and 16, 2021, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The three webinars will be presented by the Rev. John and Dr. Susan McFadden, authors of Aging Together:…

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Investments or Loans: UCC Cornerstone Fund Programs can Benefit CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

A common dilemma faced by many nonprofit organizations — including CHHSM members — is how to invest funds in a manner consistent with the mission, vision and goals of the organization. CHHSM partner the UCC Cornerstone Fund is one option to consider. The Cornerstone Fund is unique in that an organization’s investments earn competitive interest…

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‘Dr. Ruth’ Westheimer to Keynote Phoebe Institute on Aging’s Virtual Spring Conference

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2021

The renowned sex therapist who pioneered discussing human sexuality on radio and television, “Dr Ruth” Westheimer, is the keynote speaker for Phoebe Institute on Aging’s virtual spring conference, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Baby Boomers and Aging.” The conference, postponed last year due to COVID-19, is slated for March 18, from 8 a.m. to…

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CHHSM and COREM Submit Resolution to the UCC General Synod Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | January 5, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), in collaboration with the UCC’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM), has submitted “A Resolution to Declare and Respond to Racism as a Public Health Crisis” for consideration at the denomination’s Thirty-Third General Synod in July 2021. “The upcoming General Synod is an opportunity…

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Special Worship Liturgy and Prayers Included in Resources for Health and Human Service Sunday, Jan. 31

By Barb Powell | December 11, 2020

Each year, the United Church of Christ designates a Sunday in January as the time to lift up the rich history and gifts of Health and Human Service ministries across the church. This year, Health and Human Service Sunday takes place on the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Jan. 31. A special liturgy designed by the…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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Bellewood & Brooklawn Mission: Providing Care from Childhood through Adulthood

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2020

It’s an all-too-familiar story: “Sarah” arrived at UCC-related Bellewood & Brooklawn in Louisville, Ky., at age 15 after years of abuse and trauma. Deserted in infancy, she had been raised by a family friend, whom she called “aunt,” and then by a sister. Sarah was a victim of sexual abuse at age 12 and began…

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Faith, Community Sustains Staff, Clients at United Church Outreach Ministry

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2020

For frontline nonprofits like United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Mich., colder weather and the holiday season always means finding new ways to meet the basic, ongoing needs of clients. But with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic throwing a spanner in the works, adaptability has been key. “UCOM is nothing if not flexible,” says the Rev.…

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