Barb Powell

Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis Awarded One-Year CHHSM and JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis has been named the first-ever recipient of the CHHSM & JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship. The program was created by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) to prepare the fellow to become a leader working at the intersections of theology, public health, racial justice, gender…

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New Anti-Racism Curriculum to Help Participants Discern Their Calls to Action

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism — a multi-part, online, interactive, and highly adaptable course created by CHHSM — debuts later this month. The innovative, user-friendly curriculum is geared for a group learning environment, and includes history, current events, theology, stories of resilience, and the intersections of race and social issues…

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Simple Idea of Gratitude Creates Long-Term Health Outcomes at Advocate Trinity Hospital

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

In 2019, the Rev. Dr. Gloria Brown, senior staff chaplain at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, planted the seed of an idea during an Advocate Partners of Faith and Health Network (PFHN) meeting: Why not keep daily journals, writing down something for which they were grateful each day? Brown’s colleague, Patricia A. Jackson, CHW, with…

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Interactive Course Offers New Ways to Examine Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2021

This summer, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries is bringing a Synod Resolution of Witness to delegates of the biennial meeting calling on the church to declare and respond to racism as a public health crisis. But even before delegates debate and vote on the…

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New CHHSM Webinar Series to Offer Wide Range of Topics, Services for Members

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) begins a series of webinars over the summer to help CHHSM members and their employees better serve their clients. The first, Managing Cross-Contamination after COVID, takes place Tuesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. “CHHSM has decided to offer this ongoing series of webinars in order to…

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A Life of Transformational Love: Lapp’s New Book Explores the Intersection of Faith and Social Activism

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2021

Some pundits call the current times “post-Christian.” Others have named it a time to re-discover “real” Christianity. In his new book, Listening for the Holy — A Life Journey, long-time justice activist, serving leader, and UCC minister the Rev. Robinson G. Lapp seeks to reawaken the divine spark in each of us. “In an era…

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Interfaith Partners from the Islamic Society of Evansville Bolster United Caring Services During Pandemic

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many CHHSM agencies that provide food, shelter, and other services to homeless persons and lower-income individuals are without their normal contingent of volunteers. But this has created a benefit: to compensate, CHHSM members across the country have forged new partnerships in their local communities. One example is United Caring Services…

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Following Chauvin Verdict, CHHSM Releases Statement Asking, ‘How are the Children?’

By Barb Powell | April 26, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries today (April 26) released a statement to its member organizations and related institutions regarding the verdict issued by the jury last week in the Derek Chauvin case. “In the Wake of the Verdict, How are the Children?” highlights the difficult questions that need to be asked…

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Enrollment Open for CHHSM’s 2021-2022 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | April 21, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened enrollment for the 2021-2022 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “After putting last year’s Nollau class on hold due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing folks together again for this unique experience of leadership formation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry,…

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Project-Based Learning to Enhance Crossroad Academy Students’ Education and Life Skills

By Barb Powell | April 12, 2021

Crossroad Academy, the on-campus school of Crossroad Child & Family Services in Fort Wayne, Ind., is introducing an innovative system of education for the 2021-2022 school year. The academy — accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and AdvanceED — is joining the New Tech Network, which incorporates project-based learning in a student-centered method of…

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