Barb Powell

CHHSM’s Heartland Conference Retreat on Emergent Leadership Brings Surprise, Spirit to Attendees

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2021

A recent virtual retreat on Emergent Leadership gave both participants and presenters hope for the future. Held virtually Sept. 8, the free retreat from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) was attended by Heartland Conference staff, congregants, local church pastors, and the conference’s designated partner ministries. The retreat was made possible…

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CHHSM Board Begins Search for Next President and CEO

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2021

Following the announcement by Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of CHHSM, that he will retire in April 2022, the CHHSM Board has posted the position description for his successor. The closing date for applicants is Sept. 24. The CHHSM Board, in conjunction with the Equius Group, spent the past several months working on the…

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United Church Homes and Services Unveils New Brand Name and Identity: EveryAge

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2021

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS), based in Newton, N.C, announced Aug. 20 its new corporate identity, EveryAge. The new name and identity was revealed as part of the CHHSM member’s 50th anniversary celebration. The new name, EveryAge, ties directly back to UCHS’ foundational belief that all ages matter, and that it is important to…

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Parker Center Symposium Focuses on Impact of Racism on Health and Well Being of Older Adults of Color

By Barb Powell | September 7, 2021

In an intense examination of systemic racism in health care among older adults of color, the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s “At the Intersection of Race and Age” symposium Aug. 27 created opportunities for change through greater understanding of the ways in which discrimination and bias affect health outcomes. Held virtually and in…

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CHHSM Discussion Group to Delve into ‘Reason to Have Hope’ Course

By Barb Powell | August 24, 2021

CHHSM’s Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism course is the third offering of the Together We Learn Discussion Group program. The discussion on the multi-part, online, interactive, free course begins Sept. 14. “Reason to Have Hope was created as a resource for the UCC General Synod resolution — co-authored by CHHSM…

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Readinger to Retire in 2022; CHHSM Board to Begin Search in September

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), has announced that he will retire in April 2022. The CHHSM Board has retained the services of the Equius Group in order to conduct a thorough and diverse search for the position. “I cannot express…

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First-Ever CHHSM/UMA Webinar for Child, Youth, and Family Service Ministries Provides Inspiration, Practical Tools for the Future

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Innovative tools for helping nonprofit outreach with children, youth and families were the focus of a first-ever joint webinar Aug. 11 from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and sister organization the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). “Building a Resilient Ministry” featured a keynote address by career…

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LifeSet Pilot Program at Hoyleton and UCAN Helping Youth Successfully Move into Adulthood

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth in their care. Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., and UCAN in Chicago are participating in LifeSet, an intensive hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare system transition into successful adulthood. LifeSet…

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CHHSM Retreat Sept. 8 Offers UCC Heartland Conference Chance to Explore Emerging Leadership and Change in the Context of Racial Justice

By Barb Powell | August 10, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and regional Heartland Conference is sponsoring “Emerging Leadership,” a one-day virtual retreat Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free, online retreat is open to all conference staff, local church ministers and church members, and Conference Designated Ministries employees, who can register online.…

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CHHSM Among Faith Groups Sending Letter to Congress Urging Permanent Expansion of Tax Credits

By Barb Powell | August 4, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) is among the more than 80 faith-based organizations who sent a letter to members of Congress Aug. 3, thanking them for the one-year expansions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CC) programs in the American Rescue Plan. But the letter…

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